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December 6, 2019

These past two weeks at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, poverty and inequality, housing, health, Social Security, federal tax, and the economy.

On food assistance, Robert Greenstein warned that a new SNAP rule will cost many of the nation’s...
December 5, 2019

A bipartisan bill from Reps. John Larson and Vern Buchanan and Senators Ron Wyden and Bill Cassidy would clarify that the Social Security Administration (SSA) must mail statements to almost all workers. Though the law already...

Social Security Mailings Have Fallen Dramatically in Number
December 5, 2019

Bills reported by House committees would improve two programs that help low-income Medicare beneficiaries with their health care costs.

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December 2, 2019

Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit, as several proposals before Congress would do, could benefit hundreds of thousands of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families nationwide, our new analysis shows.

In 2019, the EITC and Child Tax Credit will boost the incomes of about 400,000 AI/AN households, which disproportionately benefit from the tax...

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November 22, 2019

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

On the federal budget and taxes, Paul N. Van de Water and Richard Kogan detailed why a proposal from Senator Rob Portman for automatic...
Pass-Throughs Make Up Largest Portion of Tax Gap
November 22, 2019

High-income taxpayers drive much of the “tax gap” — the gap between what taxpayers owe and what they voluntarily pay on time — finds a new paper from Professor Natasha Sarin and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, citing new...

Pass-Throughs Make Up Largest Portion of Tax Gap
November 22, 2019

Now that the Trump Administration has made public the more than 50,000 comments on its proposal to lower the federal poverty line...

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November 18, 2019

Companion bills from Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden and House Majority Whip James Clyburn would impose significant, and welcome, new guardrails on investments in “opportunity zones,” or low-income areas designated for special tax breaks.

Created by the 2017 tax law, the opportunity zone (OZ) provision lets investors defer taxes on capital gains (profits from the sale...

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November 18, 2019

Update, November 21: We updated this post to reflect CMS’ release of improper payment rates.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the 2019 Estimated Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) rate,...

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