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March 12, 2024

How the Tax Code Can Help Renters

Hear experts in housing and tax policy discuss what a renters’ tax credit is, how it can provide needed help at a time when an increasing number of households are experiencing severe rent burdens, and how policy makers can best amend the Internal Revenue Code to provide a tax credit to help keep renters housed. The panel will discuss the elements of a renters’ tax credit, ongoing efforts in some states to provide relief to renters under state tax law, and lessons learned from other areas of federal law. Panelists will also address other forms of tax relief that can provide relief and a measure of income security to those experiencing severe rent burdens, including reinstatement of the advanced Child Tax Credit (CTC) and expansion of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

The content of this program does not meet requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. You will not receive CLE credit for watching.


  •  Dr. Sara Kimberlin – Executive Director and Senior Research Scholar, Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality
  • Michelle Layser – Associate Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law


  • Michael Santos – Associate Director, U.S. Poverty Policy, RESULTS Educational Fund; Chair, ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty

Co-Sponsors: ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty, ABA Section of Taxation


A Brief Introduction to the Renter Tax Credits | Michelle D. Layser

ABA Renter Tax Credit Policy (23A507)

ABA Renter Tax Credit Resolution Drafts and Video from the 2023 Annual Meeting

Speaker Biographies

RESULTS State Renter Tax Credit Tracker

VIDEO | RESULTS Renter Tax Credit 2-min Explainer

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