This project aims to support families’ self-sufficiency. When lower-income families’ earning rise, they may lose all or part of their public benefit supports, including both tax credits and social safety net programs (e.g., Medicaid, SNAP, Child Care Subsidies). The marginal tax rate calculator (MTRC) will be a tool that families and caseworkers can use to estimate state and local public benefit program rules available to them, including for their current financial situation and for potential changes to it that they are considering. The MTRC will help to reduce the guesswork that families and caseworkers face when making financial decisions, including generating estimates of how child care costs may rise after taking on a new job, and what resources can help families cover those increases in costs.
This project is funded by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NCCP is working on this project with the Manhattan Strategy Group, the prime contractor for this work.