When Working Harder Does Not Pay: Low-Income Working Families, Tax Liabilities, and Benefit Reductions

@article{Romich2007WhenWH,
  title={When Working Harder Does Not Pay: Low-Income Working Families, Tax Liabilities, and Benefit Reductions},
  author={J. Romich and Jennifer Simmelink and Stephen D. Holt},
  journal={Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services},
  year={2007},
  volume={88},
  pages={418 - 426}
}
Under some circumstances, recent reforms to policies that affect the working poor create a barrier to workers who try to increase their families' financial well-being through greater earnings. As earnings rise, benefits are reduced and taxes increase. Together these two factors may mean that accepting a raise or working more hours may not make a worker's family better off financially. This article presents an analysis of the extent of implicit taxation and describes how low-wage workers… Expand
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