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The House Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act: A Welfare Catastrophe
Heritage
2024.04.12
Proponents of the House-passed Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act disguise its new welfare benefits as tax relief, but 91.5 percent of “tax relief” for working families is really new cash welfare for families that currently pay no taxes. The bill increases new cash welfare predominantly for single-parent families, increases marriage penalties in welfare, weakens work requirements in welfare, and increases welfare payments to illegal alien parents. Over three years, the bill provides $2.85 billion in income tax relief to families with children but $30.6 billion in new welfare cash payments that, if extended over 10 years (which is likely), would cost more than $140 billion. The TRAFWA is a decisive defeat for a pro-family, work-based welfare system.