Since joining ITEP in 2015, Aidan Davis has worked closely with policymakers, legislative staff, and state organizations across the country to advance policy solutions that aim to achieve equitable and sustainable state and local tax systems. In this capacity, Aidan regularly provides quick-turnaround analysis and strategic guidance. Much of her research focuses on tax credits for lower-income families and state tax measures to improve revenue adequacy. Aidan has served as the lead- or co-author on numerous ITEP reports, including Who Pays?, The Case for Extending State-Level Child Tax Credits to Those Left Out, State Tax Codes as Poverty Fighting Tools and 3 Percent and Dropping.
Before joining the team, Aidan focused on state and local budget policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts. In that role she led research, authored reports, and provided technical assistance to help states improve their long-term fiscal health. Prior, Aidan focused on the property tax and a range of issues affecting low-income families while working with the District of Columbia’s Office of Revenue Analysis and the George Washington Institute of Public Policy. Aidan has also consulted, providing fiscal and policy analysis, for Vermont’s Joint Fiscal Office and Barrett and Greene, Inc.
Aidan holds a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University.aidan at itep.org
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While the federal EITC provides a great deal of support for families with children, its impact is limited for those without children or who are not raising children in their homes. Childless workers under 25 and over 64 have for far too long received no benefit from the federal credit. And workers aged 25 to 64 have received very little value from the existing credit (the maximum credit is much smaller and the income limits more restrictive). The federal EITC’s meager benefits for just some childless adults lead to an inequitable outcome: the federal income tax system—which is ostensibly based on ability-to-pay—taxes some impoverished, childless adults deeper into poverty.
If Congress does act and enact President Biden’s CTC expansion, states could simply couple to that federal change. The changes, while temporary, could become the foundation of a permanent state-level credit over the long-term. But state lawmakers need not wait for legislative action in DC. They can take immediate steps to ensure that their state’s most vulnerable children are positioned to succeed.