Child Tax Credit Expanded In Sweeping New Tax Deal

( – On Tuesday, January 16th, top Congress members unveiled a $78 billion tax deal, offering a glimmer of hope for American families and businesses struggling under the weight of inflation and economic uncertainty. House Ways and Means Chair Jason Smith and Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden forged the agreement to enhance the child tax credit and revive expired business tax breaks, representing a potential win for both sides of the aisle.

The child tax credit, a key component of the deal, would have its refundable cap lifted from $1,600 and adjusted for inflation, providing crucial relief to low-income families with multiple children. Analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates the expansion could lift as many as 400,000 children out of poverty, a significant impact in the face of rising living costs.

Wyden emphasized that the plan would benefit fifteen million kids from low-income families, highlighting its pro-family impact. Democrats, who pushed for an expanded child tax credit after a previous temporary program expired, resonated with this sentiment.

However, the new policy falls short of the expansion Democrats originally sought. White House spokesman Michael Kikukawa acknowledged this, stating that while they appreciate the effort, President Biden remains committed to achieving the full expanded credit.

For Republicans, the deal offers an opportunity to revive portions of the 2017 Trump tax cuts for businesses. The agreement includes expensing for research and development costs, an expanded small-business expensing allowance, and an extension of bonus depreciation, all designed to stimulate economic activity and job creation.

Senator Mike Crapo, the leading Republican on the Finance Committee, stated that the agreement provides a thoughtful starting point for the House to initiate the process. He emphasized the need for broad bipartisan support to ensure a successful tax package.

While the deal faces hurdles in the form of competing priorities and a looming government shutdown deadline, it represents a significant step forward in a historically unproductive Congress. Wyden expressed his determination to pass the deal before the January 29th tax filing season begins, aiming to deliver immediate benefits to families and businesses.

“My goal remains to get this passed in time, and I’m going to pull out all the stops to get that done,” he said, leaving a note of optimism for those hoping for a beacon of legislative progress in a politically charged environment.

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