News Release

Opinion Poll: Plurality of Latinos Say GOP Tax Law Increased Their Taxes

Public opinion poll finds 43% of Latino adults report paying more in taxes following the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and only 10% believe money from the law went to their household

December 19, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC—A public opinion poll released today by UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization (formerly NCLR), found a plurality (43%) of Latinos reported paying more in taxes following the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—passed by Congress two years ago this week—and a mere 10% believe money from the law went into their household.

The national poll of 800 working-age Latinos, conducted by Lake Research Partners from Dec. 4 -Dec. 15, 2019, found that only a small fraction of respondents believe the middle and working class saw any benefit from the law: 6% of respondents believe the middle class benefitted, 4% believe the working class benefitted and a mere 2% believe workers benefitted. Meanwhile, 51% of respondents say the wealthy benefitted most, followed by 19% who believe corporations benefitted the most.

“Politicians in 2017 told American workers that a massive, budget-busting tax cut would help low-income and middle-class working families, including most Latino families nationwide. Two years later, less than one in 10 believe they’ve seen their taxes go down and even fewer believe that the tax cut helped the working class,” said Eric Rodriguez, UnidosUS Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy. “Far too many working-class Latinos say they have no extra money left over after paying monthly bills, half said housing costs bar them from saving, and a similar share are worried about making ends meet next year, which helps explain the reason that jobs/economy and housing affordability remain as top concerns for Latino voters heading into 2020,” he added.

“2020 is an election year and this poll shows that people are putting lawmakers on notice—we need policies that make the working and middle class a priority. Lawmakers have ignored hardworking people in this country for too long,” said Jennifer Brown, UnidosUS Associate Director of Economic Policy.

Policies Latinos strongly support include expanding and strengthening the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)—a tax credit for low- to moderate-income individuals and couples, particularly those with children—and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), which helps offset childcare and dependent care expenses. Specifically, the poll found:

  • 83% support expanding the EITC
  • 66% support decreasing the minimum age to file the EITC from 25 to 18
  • 61% support increasing the maximum age to file for the EITC from 64 to 67
  • 88% support making the CTC fully refundable
  • 84% support creating an additional young child CTC for households with children under 6
  • 69% support expanding the CTC to all workers, even if they owe money in taxes

To read the full report, click here.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Contact:
Gabriela Gomez
news@unidosus.org
(202) 776-1732