The primary function of the federal tax code is to collect tax revenues to fund our shared national priorities–including health care, education, child care, and programs and services that meet basic needs and help women and families access opportunity. And yet, the power of the tax code goes much further: it rewards and incentivizes behavior by individuals, families, businesses, and government systems. In short, the tax code reflects and enshrines a vision of society.

Right now, the tax code fails to raise adequate revenues, disproportionately benefits the wealthy and big corporations, and gives short shrift to tax provisions proven to increase racial, gender, and economic equity. NWLC is working to harness the tax code’s full potential so it reflects a society that is rooted in gender and racial equity.  

What’s at Stake Today

Tax cuts for the wealthy and large corporations took our tax policies in the wrong direction. We have the opportunity to advance progressive tax policies that would raise needed revenues, remove incentives for the wealthy and big corporations to extract wealth to the detriment of women and working families, and expand tax benefits that help families make ends meet.

What Is NWLC Doing?

We analyze the tax code’s impact on women of color and their families, and work to advance tax policies that center women and families—and expand opportunity for a stronger future for everyone. We support making the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share of taxes so we can invest in women and communities of color. We advocate for expanding tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, to support women and families with low incomes.