One of the projects the research center I’m employed at is working on the the evaluation of a noncustodial parent earned income tax credit in New York City. The way it works now, custodial parents (read: mothers) get a tax credit and noncustodial parents (read: fathers) don’t.
This experimental tax credit is geared towards low-income black fathers with child support orders. The goal is to incentivize paying child support, and is really a round about way of incentivizing legit work. Sounds good in principle but it’s really a mess. The cap to get the tax credit is something crazy small that you could only make if you didn’t work all year and if you don’t work all year, how can you be current on your child support. whomp.
Anyway the blow came because this great nation can’t get all it’s systems to work together and basically it was decided this tax credit could never go federal because the child support system is run by the states not the federal government and they didn’t think they’d be able to get both systems to work together to get the credit out to the men.
Another program for low-income, low-education, predominately men of color bites the dust.