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A Landmark Year for Important Policy

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Toni G. Atkins

"Landmark legislation" is a term that gets thrown around pretty easily in political circles, but many of the bills passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this year live up to that lofty description.

Challenging Republican Premises: On the Cutting of Taxes

David Coates | Posted 10.04.2015 | Politics
David Coates

These Republicans (Trump included) seem totally in agreement that progressive taxation is less effective than light taxation; that it is the scale of public spending and debt which is holding back economic growth, and that it is the burden of taxation to sustain that spending which currently is the key barrier to the generation of private sector-based enterprise and employment.

On Labor Day, Here Are 5 Ways To Help Labor

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.06.2015 | Politics

Labor Day isn’t simply a time to fire up the grill and enjoy one last weekend of summer. It’s a day to think about the challenges facing ...

Tax Tips for Dads

Mark Steber | Posted 06.18.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! Whether you are crawling on the floor with your new baby or walking into the real world with your college graduate, here are a few pointers on how to save some money come tax time.

It's Time to Queer Our Taxes

Meghan Maury | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Meghan Maury

While more states are recognizing same-sex couples' right to marry, there is still an enormous amount of work to be done to secure social justice for all. Ensuring that our families are recognized by the federal tax code is a queer issue. Updating our tax code must remain a key component of advancing freedom, equality, and justice for LGBTQ people.

Make Tax Day Work for You

Jim Gibbons | Posted 05.31.2015 | Money
Jim Gibbons

We all know that many hard-working families and individuals could use a financial boost in this still-tough economy. Millions of Americans can get just that by taking advantage of the tax credits and free filing services available to them.

Hedge-Fund Billionaires Seek Reform Without Research

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.30.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Some research suggests that charter schools perform no better than existing public schools. And even if we wanted to, it would be nearly impossible to take the charter movement to scale. So why are the billionaire "disruptors" of the hedge-fund world so hell-bent on establishing charter schools? Money and influence may help to explain it.

Cutting Vital Tax Credits for Working Families Will Put Our Nation's Children at Risk

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.26.2015 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

The Latino community will remember that the interests of more than 4 million of its children were sacrificed so a few politicians could pander to extremists. We hope candidates remember this episode in 2016, when they experience a record turnout of Hispanic voters.

Congress, Invest in the Vital Power of VITA

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Stacey D. Stewart

Through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), volunteers become IRS-certified tax preparers and provide qualifying individuals and families with free, accurate assistance in filing federal tax returns. Fortunately, Congress has a history of supporting this successful public-private partnership.

Millions of Americans Miss One of the LARGEST Tax Benefits Every Year - Are You One?

Mark Steber | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

According to the IRS one in every four eligible taxpayers do not claim their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This often overlooked tax credit is also one of the largest credits available to taxpayers. This year, the maximum EITC is $6,143 and that is a LOT of money to leave on the table.

2015 -- Happy New Year, Happy Tax Fitness!

Mark Steber | Posted 03.16.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

One of my resolutions is to help as many people as possible achieve one of the most common resolutions American's make: financial fitness. Was it on your list or should it have been?

Zach Carter

Obama Threatens To Veto Corporate Tax Deal | Zach Carter | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday threatened to veto a bipartisan tax deal that would reportedly create permanent tax perks for corpor...

Letting Tax-Credit Provisions Expire Would Push Millions Into Poverty

Chuck Marr | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Chuck Marr

As Republicans and Democrats look for areas where they can work together, they should be able to agree to make permanent three key provisions of two pro-work tax credits: the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

2013 Census Data on Poverty, Income Tells a Story About Our Priorities

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

It turns out, we get results in the places we invest. The question is, are we investing in the right places?

Ryan "Opportunity Grant" Proposal Would Likely Increase Poverty and Shrink Resources for Poverty Programs Over Time

Bob Greenstein | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

While some other elements of the Ryan poverty plan deserve serious consideration, such as those relating to the Earned Income Tax Credit and criminal justice reform, his "Opportunity Grant" would likely increase poverty and hardship, and is therefore ill-advised.

House Should Reject Backwards Child Tax Credit Bill

Chuck Marr | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Chuck Marr

The full House next week will consider the Ways and Means Committee's recently passed Child Tax Credit bill. A recent Tax Policy Center analysis confirms our previous critical assessments of the proposal, finding that it would make many relatively affluent people better off while making low-income working families poorer.

Listening to the OECD and IMF (!?#*!) on the EITC/Minimum Wage Connection

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

OECD's report touts the virtues of the EITC as a wage subsidy for low-income workers that both encourages work and reduces poverty. They go on to emphasize an EITC reform that we too have gotten solidly behind.

The Budget Is Not Fair, Mr. Chair

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The way to end poverty is not to cut the very programs that are making the difference. What kind of leaders believe we can afford massive tax breaks for the richest one percent but cannot afford to meet the survival needs of all our poor children?

Ryan Report Largely Ignores Anti-Poverty Programs' Long-Term Successes

Arloc Sherman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Arloc Sherman

The Ryan report grimly concludes that federal programs are "failing to address" poverty. Poverty certainly remains too high. But the report seems determined not to recognize the long-term successes of existing programs even when the evidence is in plain sight.

Leading Senator Adds to Momentum for Helping Childless Workers

Chuck Marr | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Chuck Marr

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) proposed today to build on the Earned Income Tax Credit's (EITC) pro-work success story by signif...

Hanged For A Lamb

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

To the extent that the Obama budget is intended as a "campaign blueprint" -- to signal to working families that Obama cares about them and to force the Republicans to cast difficult votes -- it is a very small step in the right direction. But it probably will sway a few voters, because it doesn't make enough of a difference. Obama is being branded a populist by the establishment press and irresponsible by Republicans for what is really a very tame program. He should at least earn these adjectives and get the public's attention. As it is, he might as well be hanged for a sheep. He might as well come out for policies that would make a real difference. That would actually be worthy of the terms "populist" and "campaign blueprint."

Breaking Out of the Budget Straitjacket

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

The President's annual budget demonstrates whether our values are driving our national choices. Are we going to continue to give extra tax breaks worth billions to hot shots in the finance industry or re-direct tax help to decrease the poverty of more than 13 million workers?

Here's How Obama Can Lift 500,000 Out Of Poverty Without Raising The Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business

President Obama says he can lift 500,000 Americans out of poverty with just one move. In his proposed budget for fiscal 2015, released on Tuesday,...

New Report: More Working Mothers Are Low-Income; State Actions Needed

Brandon Roberts | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Brandon Roberts

State governments have significant authority and opportunity to assist low-income working families with children... if they have the will.

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Mark Steber | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

Every year the rules are different and other considerations related to filing your tax return and paying the least you can or getting the biggest refund you can are changing and constantly new and confusing, so like most taxpayers, you probably have a lot of questions.