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Stop Taxing 8 Million Childless Adults Into Poverty

March 2, 2016

Childless adults are the only group that the federal tax code taxes into poverty, our new paper explains, primarily because they’re the only group of low-income workers largely excluded from the Earned Income Tax Credit.  The EITC for childless adults is too small — or, for many, non-...

Childless Adults Taxed Into Poverty; Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Proposals Would Help Address Problem

Addressing Key Misconceptions About Social Security

November 23, 2015

Social Security is one of the nation’s most successful, effective, and popular programs. Most Americans, both young and old, value Social Security and say they don’t mind paying for it. Indeed,...

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Policymakers Can Help Millions of Working Families This Thanksgiving

November 23, 2015

Millions of American families can be thankful this holiday season for two working-family tax credits that help them make ends meet and improve their lives.  But if policymakers fail to save key provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and...


1 Million Veteran, Military Households Could Lose Working-Family Tax Credits

November 9, 2015

About 1 million veteran and military households will lose some or all of their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or low-income component of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) unless Congress saves key credit provisions scheduled to expire at the end of 2017.  Our state-by-state...

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10 Things You Should Know About Disability Insurance

October 8, 2015

Unless the President and Congress act to replenish the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) trust fund, beneficiaries face a 20 percent benefit cut next year.  As we’ve explained, DI is a critical part of Social Security that serves as a lifeline for workers who can no longer support themselves because of a life-changing illness or injury.  But there’s lots of confusion about this vital...

10 Things You Should Know About Disability Insurance

Disability Insurance: Critical Help for the Few Young Workers Who Qualify

October 5, 2015

We’ve noted that 70 percent of Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) beneficiaries are 50 or older, but DI is also important for the relatively few younger workers who qualify for it due to a...

Disability Rates & Benefits Rise with Age

Happy 80th Birthday, Social Security!

August 14, 2015

Eighty years ago today, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law.

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Preserving Social Security for the Long Term

August 13, 2015

This latest post in our breakdown of the Top Ten Facts About Social Security explains that benefit levels are modest, as are the changes needed to ensure the program’s long-term solvency.

Fact #4: Social Security benefits are modest.

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Social Security Helps Millions of Elderly Americans

August 12, 2015

Almost every elderly American receives Social Security benefits, our updated Top Ten Facts About Social Security points out.  The program helps millions of the elderly stay out of poverty and cover basic expenses....

Social Security Dramatically Cuts Poverty Among Seniors

Social Security’s Broad Reach

August 11, 2015

As we noted yesterday, we’ve updated our Top Ten Facts about Social Security to mark the program’s upcoming 80th birthday.  Three of the facts highlight the diversity of Americans who benefit from Social...

Social Security Represents Larger Share of Income for Minorities