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Clinton Proposes Bigger Tax Credit for Parents of Young Children

  • Campaign unclear on cost of plan to help low-income families
  • Move called ‘a down payment’ on further middle-class relief
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets a baby on March 13, 2016, in Marion, Ohio.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets a baby on March 13, 2016, in Marion, Ohio.

Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is proposing to revamp and expand the child tax credit to provide more benefits for low-income families and for eligible families with children age 4 and under.

Clinton’s proposal would double to $2,000 per child the amount of the credit that’s available to families of young children. It currently tops out at $1,000 per child for families that meet income guidelines. Her proposal would also expand the credit’s “refundability” -- or the portion of it that can be refunded to those who owe no income tax.