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Improving the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Would Help Working Families and Promote Tax Fairness for Women

For nearly 60 years, Congress has recognized that the child care expenses parents incur in order to earn income should be acknowledged in the tax code.1 The Obama Administration and several Members of Congress have proposed strengthening the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) to reflect the needs of the increased number of mothers of young children in the labor force and the rising costs of child care.

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