As your constituent and a member of MomsRising, I am writing in solidarity with a coalition of more than thirty-five community-based organizations across Washington in support of legislation heard in the House Finance Committee this week to expand and improve the Working Families Tax Credit.
- House Bill 1075/Senate Bill 5249: Expands the Working Families Tax Credit to low-income, working young people and seniors. From young college students to seniors still in the workforce, people with low incomes are all trying to make ends meet. However, the current age range for childless workers limits the lifesaving WFTC cash to those who are 25-65 years old.
- House Bill 1477: Makes some very-needed technical and administrative fixes to the program, including allowing filers to apply for up to 3 years (in alignment with the IRS standards) and expanding to married filing separately filers, a critical inclusion for survivors of domestic violence.
Washington made history in 2021 when the legislature passed and funded the Working Families Tax Credit, a first-of-its-kind policy for the state that will put millions of dollars back into the pockets of families. Eligible households can receive up to $1,200 per year starting February 2023. We know this is just the start of our mission to make sure every Washingtonian can put food on the table, pay for emergencies, and go to sleep with peace of mind.
We urge you to champion this legislation in the 2023 session.
Thank you for all that you do!