More than 40 million Americans spend time caring for children or elderly family members without pay -- and that figure doesn't include the millions more that have joined their ranks to look after their young, elderly or ill loved ones since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. Moreover, caregiving is only going to become more urgently needed as our country's population ages.
Families who want to take care of those they love should have all the support they need. We can start by overhauling our policies to recognize the work of caregivers as valuable contributions to their communities -- beginning with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
The EITC has been helping families make ends meet since 1975. But in its current form, it fails to recognize the contributions of unpaid caregivers. Tell your U.S. House representative: Support legislation to allow unpaid caregivers to benefit from the EITC today.