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Minimum Wage, Maximum Dissent

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

America has been tilting toward an economy that benefits primarily the 1 percent. For America to work we need an economy that benefits the 100 percent. Combining an enhanced EITC and minimum wage moves us in that direction.

Dilemma -- the Earned Income Tax Credit

Christopher Bergin | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Christopher Bergin

Immediately, some began to assert that Baucus' announcement meant the end of tax reform. Pardon me if I differ, but if anything, it probably helps the tax reform effort a bit by concentrating Baucus more on it.

Working for the Tax Man? For Grandfamilies, Not Anymore

Donna M. Butts | Posted 06.02.2013 | Impact
Donna M. Butts

Books, magazines and online articles abound with ideas for bringing older and younger generations together in activities that promote bonding between the ages. But who would have thought that a tax preparation event would do that -- and pay big dividends for those who took part?

Are You Overpaying Your Taxes?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.22.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

You can make the most of your income by avoiding these common tax pitfalls.

How Effective Is the Safety Net?

Bob Greenstein | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

For significant numbers of poor children and families, programs like Medicaid, food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit are vital, but they are not sufficient by themselves to overcome the serious multiple barriers these individuals and families can come up against.

Number of Low-Income Working Families Grows for 5th Consecutive Year

Brandon Roberts | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business
Brandon Roberts

Three years after the U.S. economy statistically emerged from the "great recession," the number of working poor in this country not only is not declining, but actually continues to grow.

Gary MacDougal in the NY Times Last Week -- Patent Medicine in the 21st Century

Peter Edelman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Media
Peter Edelman

Gary MacDougal popped up on the op-ed page of the NYT last week with the line that we spend a trillion dollars on the poor and get nothing for it. In the past I haven't gone out of my way to reply to the argument, but I think regular people need to see an answer.

Be Careful What You Cut

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Right before the U.S. House of Representatives left for the summer to go home to campaign for your vote, they voted to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest Americans millionaires and billionaires.

Republican Budget Is an Immoral Document

Jim Wallis | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

I certainly don't believe that all our Republican lawmakers came to Washington to hurt poor people, but it's time for some of them to challenge the dominant forces in their party and face the consequences of such indefensible choices.

Time and Money: The Story of Single Moms

Peter Edelman | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Peter Edelman

The debate should be about how we get child care to everyone who needs help with it, paid parental leave, assured child support and a decent system of income assistance.

Increasing the Illinois Earned Income Tax Credit Helps Create Jobs, Brings Fairness

Dan Lesser | Posted 03.13.2012 | Chicago
Dan Lesser

The EITC is not just about fairness, lifting workers and children out of poverty, and reversing a 30-year trend of income inequality. It's about tax policy that will lead to business growth, create jobs and make the economy work for all of us.

Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 1: Overview

Arloc Sherman | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics
Arloc Sherman

Unemployment and long-term unemployment remained very high, as did the percentage Americans without health insurance. Yet things aren't nearly as bad as they could have been.

New Report: Michigan Economy Is Moving "Significantly Backward" By Hiking Taxes on the Poor

Patricia Lesko | Posted 01.28.2012 | Detroit
Patricia Lesko

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, one of the nation's premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy ...

Low-Income Michigan Families Taxed Into Poverty: Report

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 11.16.2011 | Detroit

While Michigan businesses are expecting a 1.1 billion-dollar tax break come January, low-income families in the state have seen their taxes raised ove...

An Open Letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

Gordon Campbell | Posted 01.15.2012 | New York
Gordon Campbell

As you deliberate and prioritize recommendations, we strongly urge you to adopt an approach that protects the most vulnerable as you put the country on a course towards fiscal stability.

Vita Act 2011: The Win-win for Taxpayers and Government

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

VITA actually saves the government money by helping reduce error rates and processing costs, thereby saving the IRS $1.8 billion a year.

Zach Carter

Government Shutdown Could Slow Tax Refunds, Crimp Use Of Largest Federal Anti-Poverty Program | Zach Carter | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A prolonged government shutdown could deliver a blow to many poor American families by limiting or delaying access to the federal govern...

Zach Carter

Banks' Share Of Low-Income Tax Refunds Will Fall This Year, Consumer Advocates Say | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Friday is the Treasury Department's Earned Income Tax Credit Appreciation Day, a celebration of what is arguably the U.S. government's l...

Weekly Audit: GOP Plays Chicken with the Debt Ceiling

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Weekly Pulse: GOP Plays Chicken with the Debt CeilingBy Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is calling for a "big show...

The Economy -- and the Unemployed -- Held Hostage

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Deborah Weinstein

Because Congress failed to act in November to continue the federal emergency Unemployment Insurance program, two million unemployed workers are expect...

This Weekend, WE Connect L.A.

Maria Shriver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Maria Shriver

This weekend, the Women's Conference and I will host an event called WE Connect, which is designed to help families take full advantage of the valuable financial programs available to them.

Californians Missing Out on Over $1 Billion in Tax Refunds

Aaron Glantz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Aaron Glantz

California taxpayers are leaving more than $1.2 billion in tax refunds on the table, money that could be used to give working class residents a financial lifeline.

Not Just Numbers: The President's Budget and Real Life

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

The President's budget came out on Monday. I've been awash in the fine print for a couple of days, and what's starting to emerge out of all the pages...

An Open Letter to Magic Johnson

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Who is the real Magic Johnson? The friendly guy who raises money for charities or the guy who encourages people to get high interest loans they don't need?

Magic Johnson and the Tax Refund Rip-off

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Because of Johnson, the tax refund business might stick around, luring in more millions of Americans.