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January 15, 2019

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) together boosted the incomes of 29.1 million Americans in 2017, lifting 8.9 million above the poverty line and making 20.2 million others less poor, our analysis of new Census data shows. These totals include 12.5 million children, 4.8 million of whom were lifted out of poverty and another 7.7 million made less poor. The figures...

Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Have Powerful Anti-Poverty Impact
January 11, 2019

For the first weeks of 2019 at CBPP, we focused on the government shutdown, health, housing, federal taxes, and the economy.

Robert Greenstein released a statement urging policymakers to end the partial government shutdown as its

Most People Estimated to Lose Medicaid Coverage Under Work Requirements Are Working or Should Be Exempt
January 9, 2019

Update, January 10, 2019: We’ve updated our estimates of the number of households potentially affected by the expiration of rental assistance contracts.

Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of low-income seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children that receive federal rental assistance face severe hardship if the government shutdown extends into February...

Money House #2
January 8, 2019

Some seniors and people with disabilities receiving home- and community-based services (HCBS) could lose their Medicaid eligibility and have to go into nursing homes to get needed care, because the President and Congress haven’t extended “spousal impoverishment” protections that expired on December 31. The House is expected to consider legislation today to extend the protections for three...

States Have Shifted Spending to Home- and Community-Based Services, and Away From Institution-Based Services
January 4, 2019

As the nation’s largest federal rental assistance program, Housing Choice Vouchers have the unique potential to help low-income families move to neighborhoods with low poverty, low crime, and good schools. Yet families using vouchers in most of the 50 largest metropolitan areas live in less...

Street of Houses
December 20, 2018

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

On food assistance, Robert Greenstein stated that President Trump’s SNAP (food stamps) proposal would cost many of the...
In Sixth Month of Medicaid Work Requirement, Most Arkansas Beneficiaries Still Unable to Navigate Reporting
December 20, 2018

Enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) federally run health insurance marketplace remained strong for 2019, new data show, indicating that the marketplace continues to offer affordable, qualify coverage that meets people’s needs. Overall, 8.5 million people enrolled in coverage compared to...

Open Enrollment
December 20, 2018

As our new report explains, the 2017 tax law’s deduction for “pass-through” income may contribute to “workplace fissuring” — when firms obtain the services of workers such as truck drivers...

Tax forms
December 20, 2018

The incoming Congress should give the IRS the funds to restore its ability to adequately collect revenue, a basic government function. IRS underfunding since 2010 has led to two concerning, related trends, as ProPublica reports: a significant decline in audit rates, especially among large corporations and high-income...

Sharp Decline in Audit Rates for Large Corporations and High-Income Filers
December 19, 2018

The Trump Administration is reportedly poised to propose a rule restricting states’ ability to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to childless adults living in high-unemployment areas who are struggling to find a steady job. Hundreds of thousands of...

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