April 15 is Tax Day and we're thinking beyond our individual 1040s to taxes and hunger. How are they related?
A tax credit essentially means less tax owed and more income. Tax credits put more money in people's pockets and can help our country's millions of low-wage workers buy groceries and perhaps begin to save for an emergency. Who is helped by the earned-income tax credit (EITC) and the child tax credit (CTC), and can tax credits do more to fight hunger?
Despite complaints, most people in the United States file and pay their taxes. In return, we expect services — everything from fire departments to public schools. Does this arrangement work in other countries? Can they build enough public trust to raise enough of their own resources to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?