Planet Money

Release Date: August 6, 2014


The Earned Income Tax Credit has been widely hailed as the federal government’s most successful anti-poverty program.  It is certainly the largest — redistributing about $60 billion from wealthier Americans to the working poor every year.  Enjoying widespread bipartisan support, the EITC has been expanded and embraced by every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama.  Planet Money takes a look at the program through the lens of families who receive it.

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