Advantages and Disadvantages of Earned Income Tax Credit

Advantages & disadvantages of EITC as way to reduce income inequality, impact on beneficiaries & incentive to work.

This research examines the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The overall objective of this examination is to assess the advantages and disadvantages of the EITC as a way of reducing income inequality within the United States. In this research, this overall objective is addressed through focusing on the effects of the EITC on (1) the levels of disposable money income of beneficiary families and (2) the incentives of beneficiary families to work.

EITC: Description and Objectives
The EITC was enacted in 1975 to offset the impact of Social Security and Medicare taxes on low-income individuals and to encourage them to work instead of relying on welfare benefits