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April 23, 2018

When Congress considers the IRS’s 2019 funding level in the coming weeks, it should embrace President Trump’s proposal to add funding for enforcing tax laws that doesn’t count against the 2011 Budget Control Act’s (BCA) annual cap on overall funding for non-defense appropriations. That approach to IRS enforcement funding has a long bipartisan history and is especially timely now, given the IRS...

Three-Fourths of IRS Staff Losses Due to Funding Cuts Have Been in Tax Enforcement
April 20, 2018

This week at CBPP, we focused on federal taxes, state budgets and taxes, food assistance, health, housing, and poverty and inequality.

On federal taxes, we rounded up our tax season analyses. Roxy Caines listed four ways...
Conaway Farm Bill Could Cause Many Who Work Substantial Hours to Lose SNAP Benefits
April 19, 2018

In a post for Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS), CBPP Vice President for Housing Policy Barbara Sard commented on several papers delivered at a recent JCHS symposium on the consequences of residential segregation and on promising strategies to foster more inclusive...

April 18, 2018

Tax return audit rates, especially among high-income individuals and large corporations, continued a multi-year decline in 2017, IRS data show. That’s largely due to deep cuts in IRS funding and staffing since 2010, as former IRS Commissioner John Koskinen...

Audit Rates for High-Income Individuals and Large Corporations Continue to Decline Sharply
April 17, 2018

Update, April 18: we’ve updated this post to clarify the rules for regaining eligibility following a sanction.

Despite its stated goal of supporting work among SNAP (formerly food stamps) participants, the work proposal in House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway’s farm bill won’t likely increase work opportunities. As we’ve...

Conaway Farm Bill Could Cause Many Who Work Substantial Hours to Lose SNAP Benefits
April 17, 2018

As this week’s New York Times vignettes from teachers themselves show, school funding debates in states across the country must include an important piece of the funding puzzle: money to build new — and repair old — schools. Improving the schools in which children learn is one key to...

Capital Spending for K-12 Schools Well Below 2008 Levels
April 17, 2018

Tax Day is an ideal time to acknowledge the invaluable service that volunteers provide to help nearly 3 million low- and moderate-income people file their taxes and claim the tax credits they’ve earned. In 2018, volunteers at the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and...

Women filing application
April 16, 2018

Under the work requirement provisions in House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway’s farm bill, we estimate that states will need to provide employment assistance such as structured job search assistance, training, or volunteer work opportunities to 3 million people.  But the bill’s $1 billion per year in funding for work programs amounts to just $30 per person per month. That would...

Women filing application
April 16, 2018

As the April 17 tax filing deadline approaches, we’ve issued a series of tax-related papers, posts, and graphics, most notably showing why the new federal tax law is fundamentally flawed and requires basic restructuring.

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Personal Taxes - 1040
April 13, 2018

This week at CBPP, we focused on federal taxes, the federal budget, food assistance, state budgets and taxes, health, poverty and inequality, and the economy.

On federal taxes, Chuck Marr, Brendan Duke, and Chye-Ching Huang explained

Even Many Workers Who Work Substantial Hours Could Lose Coverage Under Medicaid Work Requirements