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OPINION | The Promise of the Working Families Tax Credit Is Support for Communities to Thrive

by My Linh Thai


For families across our state, so much has been at stake in their lives in the last few years. People have been struggling to make rent, provide for their kids, and stay afloat financially. That’s why I was so proud in 2021 to finally pass and fund the Working Families Tax Credit, an annual payment of up to $1,200 for Washingtonians with low to moderate incomes. 

When launched in February 2023, the Working Families Tax Credit stands to reach more than 400,000 Washington households and will benefit one in every three kids in our state. When combined with the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, this cash will go even farther. This boost will help people to pay for school supplies, put food on the table, and save for emergencies, and it will have an outsized benefit for communities of color, who make up 36% of eligible households compared to 25% of the state population. 

People who file their taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, which includes undocumented immigrants, some student visa holders, and some survivors of intimate partner violence, will be eligible for this payment. These same people are often excluded from other supports, like unemployment insurance or the Earned Income Tax Credit, so it’s critical to make sure they know they are eligible for this benefit and that it’s safe to apply.

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