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

More States Making Equity-Focused Tax Choices

This Tax Day, as many state legislatures end regular sessions and prepare to invest the American Rescue Plan’s fiscal recovery funds, lawmakers should note recent advances across the country in making state tax systems fairer.

Tax Day 2021: Top State Tax Charts

Tax Day, which comes about a month later than usual this year, is an opportunity to take a close look at how tax and spending choices made in state capitals affect people’s lives. Smart tax...

Rescue Plan’s Premium Tax Credit Improvements Help Now and at Next Tax Filing

People who buy coverage in the health insurance marketplaces, including at HealthCare.gov, will get a bigger tax credit to reduce their premiums in 2021 and 2022 under the American Rescue Plan, and some will see...

Expanding Housing Vouchers Would Cut Poverty and Reduce Racial Disparities

Housing Choice Vouchers help low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities nationwide afford adequate, stable housing, but continued insufficient funding prevents the program from reaching almost 15 million low-income people of color who live in...

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This week at CBPP, we focused on health, the economy, housing, state budgets and taxes, federal taxes, family income support, and poverty and inequality.

Rental Assistance Needed to Build a Recovery That Works for People With Disabilities

As Congress considers the Administration’s recovery proposals, lawmakers have a historic opportunity to address on a long-term basis homelessness and housing instability among people with disabilities by significantly expanding the Housing Choice Voucher program to...

IRS Needs Authority to Regulate Tax Return Preparers

President Biden’s new American Families Plan includes several proposals to rebuild the IRS to improve tax compliance, including authorizing the IRS to regulate paid tax return preparers. That long-overdue reform is even more necessary now...

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Mississippi Raises TANF Benefits But More Improvements Needed, Especially in South

Mississippi, which for over 50 years provided the nation’s lowest cash assistance benefits to families with children, has increased the maximum Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant by $90, so a family of...

In Case You Missed It...

CBPP’s main focus this week was the announcement of President Biden’s proposed American Families Plan. CBPP President Sharon Parrott released a statement that the President’s recovery agenda is an ambitious plan to tackle big problems...