Tax — Federal

Letting Key Provisions of Working-Family Tax Credits Expire Would Push 16 Million People Into or Deeper Into Poverty

More than 16 million people in low- and modest-income working families, including 8 million children, would fall into — or deeper into — poverty in 2018 if policymakers fail to make permanent key provisions of two important tax credits.

Some 50 million Americans, including 31 million children, would lose part or all of their Child Tax Credit (CTC) or Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).



"Tax Extenders" Package Even Worse Than First Appeared

Nearly a quarter of the “tax extenders” package’s roughly $400 billion cost would have come from expanding tax cuts for businesses, not just extending them. Read more



Brief: Why Budget and Tax Plans Shouldn’t Use Dynamic Scoring

Modeling the economy is extraordinarily difficult; even the best analyses leave tremendous uncertainty and are sensitive to the economic models and assumptions used.

Estimates of macroeconomic effects of policy changes are thus highly subject to manipulation; including them in budget estimates would damage the credibility of the budget process.

Related: Budget and Tax Plans Should Not Rely on “Dynamic Scoring”



The income tax on individuals and the payroll tax, which is deducted from workers’ wages and used to help finance Social Security and Medicare, each made up about 40 percent of federal revenues in 2010. The federal government also collects revenue from corporate taxes, excise taxes, and other sources.

Policy Basics:
The Child Tax Credit
- The 2001 and 2003 Tax Cuts
- Where Do Our Federal Tax Dollars Go?
- The Estate Tax
- The Earned Income Tax Credit
- Deficits, Debt, and Interest

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The Center analyzes major tax proposals, examining their likely effects on the economy and on the government’s ability to address critical national needs, especially over the long term.  We place particular emphasis on the effects of tax proposals on households at different income levels.  In addition, we analyze trends in the level of federal revenues, income distribution, and tax burdens.

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