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A Back-to-School Focus on Helping Kids Thrive

September 5, 2019

The start of a new school year is an appropriate time to highlight important legislation before Congress that would help give all children a chance to reach their potential.

The first few years of life are critical to brain development; growing up in...

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Working Families Tax Relief Act Would Boost Incomes Across America

August 27, 2019

As we honor workers by celebrating Labor Day, we should remember that millions who do important jobs — such as serving store customers, making restaurant meals, delivering packages, and caring for the elderly in nursing homes —...

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Senate Should Pave Way for Rebuilding IRS Enforcement

August 1, 2019

As the Senate begins allocating available resources among its appropriations subcommittees following enactment of the new bipartisan budget agreement, IRS enforcement warrants special attention given the major cut it’s faced over the past decade. The Senate allocation...

In Focus: Funding for IRS Enforcement and Operations Support Has Eroded

Legislation Would Boost EITC, Child Tax Credit for Millions of People With Disabilities

July 26, 2019

On the 29th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, it’s worth noting that major pending tax legislation would improve the economic circumstances of millions of people with disabilities. Some 4 million working people with disabilities and more than 2 million children with functional limitations would benefit from the Working Families Tax Relief Act’s...

Boosting EITC for Childless Workers Could Fix Flaw That Taxes Them Into Poverty

Legislation Would Deliver Childless Adults in Every State a Larger EITC

July 23, 2019

The bill would reduce the number of workers whom the federal tax code taxes into, or deeper into, poverty—from 5.51 million today to less than 100,000.

In Focus: Boosting EITC for Childless Workers Could Fix Flaw That Taxes Them Into Poverty

3 Million Veteran or Active-Duty Households Would Benefit From Working Families Tax Relief Act

June 27, 2019

Independence Day reminds us of the freedoms we enjoy, and of those who have served or are serving our nation in uniform to preserve those freedoms. Unfortunately, many veterans struggle to move ahead, or even to stay afloat, because their jobs don’t pay enough to ensure that they can afford the basics for themselves and their families. An important proposal to support low-wage workers is the...

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House Bill a Step Forward on IRS Enforcement, But More Needed

June 10, 2019

A bill before the House Appropriations Committee would raise funding for IRS tax enforcement and operations support in 2020 — an important, but too modest, step forward after the damaging cuts in IRS enforcement since 2010. Given the depleted state and critical importance of IRS enforcement, lawmakers need to add more.

The U.S. tax system is based on voluntary compliance, which requires...

In Focus: More IRS Enforcement and Operations Support Funds Needed Inside Budget Cap

Reps. Kildee, Evans Introduce House Version of Working Families Tax Relief Act

June 6, 2019

Update, July 2: we’ve added a table at the end of this post showing the number of households, individuals, and children in each state whom the Kildee-Evans bill would benefit.

House Ways and Means Committee members Dan Kildee and Dwight Evans introduced a bill today to substantially expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), which would boost the...

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Audits of Highest-Income Taxpayers Fall Again

May 21, 2019

The IRS reported yesterday that it audited fewer millionaires and large corporations in fiscal year 2018 than the previous year, continuing a multi-year decline. Since 2010, the President and Congress have cut IRS funding substantially, causing workforce reductions and shortages of top auditors who have the expertise to review...

Audit Rate for Millionaires Has Dropped Steeply Since 2010

Learning About the Tax Gap Before Tomorrow’s House Hearing

May 8, 2019

The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on the “tax gap” —between what taxpayers owe the federal government and what they pay on time. It’s particularly timely given the IRS’ depleted enforcement division and the challenges that the 2017 tax law poses for compliance. With some members of both parties...

High-Income Individuals Disproportionately Contribute to the Tax Gap