Sen. Sherrod Brown announces tax plan during Toledo visit

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown made his way to Toledo Tuesday morning to discuss a proposed tax plan aimed at putting more money in the pockets of working class Ohioans. Sen. Brown has been vocal in his disapproval of the President's own tax plan in recent weeks and made an appearance at the West Toledo Branch Library auditorium to visit a volunteer tax preparation site to discuss his own proposed tax legislation.

Under Brown's plan, taxpayers would receive a "cost-of-living" refund aimed at making up for decades where cost-of-living expenses have outpaced stagnant wages. According to Brown, his bill would allow roughly 50 million Americans to received between $3,000 and $12,000 through an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit. The bill would also extend that credit to students and people raising children or caring for aging parents or other relatives and would allow people to claim a $500 advance on the credit to cover emergency expenses.

During his appearance, Brown was joined by local taxpayers who have benefitted from the EITC, as well as local advocates from Toledo LISC and United Way of Greater Toledo, organizations which assist local residents in preparing and filing their yearly taxes.