Hillary Clinton Pushes Boost in Refundable Tax Relief

Proposes doubling child tax credit for people with young children

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would eliminate an earned income threshold before parents can get money through a refundable child tax credit. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would eliminate an earned income threshold before parents can get money through a refundable child tax credit. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted October 11, 2016 at 12:01am

Hillary Clinton wants to expand access to tax credits for lower-income parents.

The Democratic presidential candidate is set to outline a new proposal Tuesday that would eliminate a $3,000 earned income threshold before parents can get money through a refundable child tax credit.

“Hard-working, middle-class families are struggling with rising costs for child care, health care, caregiving and college,” Clinton said in a statement. “This new tax credit will make their lives a little bit easier and help restore fairness to our economy.”

Clinton wants to double the credit available to $2,000 per child through the age of four. In addition, her campaign pointed to a push to expanded child tax credits for people whose children are older, as well.

The latest tax-related proposal from the Clinton campaign comes as the campaign says Clinton also wants to expand access to refundable tax relief more regularly. A refundable tax credit can result in a tax liability below zero (generating a tax refund for even those at the bottom of the income scale).