The New York Noncustodial Parent EITC: Its Impact on Child Support Payments and Employment.

Page Count
36
Year Published
2012
Author (Individual)
Nichols, Austin.
Sorensen, Elaine.
Lippold, Kye.
Author (Organization)
Urban Institute.
Resource Type
Report
Resource Format
PDF
In 2006, New York instituted a noncustodial parent earned income tax credit (NCP EITC) to encourage low-income noncustodial parents to work and pay child support. This study examines the credit's impacts through 2009. We use a regression discontinuity approach exploiting a drop in NCP EITC eligibility when taxpayers' youngest children turn 18, and find the NCP EITC increased the proportion of noncustodial parents paying their child support in full by approximately 1 percentage point. Effects were stronger among parents with low child support orders. Our estimates may represent upper-bound impacts, but reflect only the first four years of implementation. (Author abstract)

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