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When Helping Retailers, Don’t Forget Their Workers

March 20, 2020

Amid the frenzy in Washington to enact broad stimulus legislation, Senate Republicans are also proposing to address a tax issue that far predates the current economic emergency: an error in the 2017 tax law that affects the restaurant and retail industries. If policymakers plan to help retailers and restaurant owners by fixing the error — and including the fix in the emerging stimulus...

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Senior Director of Federal Tax Policy

Congressional Black Caucus’s Push for Childless Workers’ EITC, Then and Now

February 27, 2020

As we celebrate the contributions of African Americans this month, we’d like to highlight a policy area where the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) — created in 1971, a year after the first observance of Black History Month — has played a pivotal role and where many of its members are now working to build on past achievements. It’s the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), particularly the EITC for...

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Much of Wealthiest Households’ Income Escapes Annual Tax or Gets Special Breaks

November 13, 2019

High-income, and especially high-wealth, tax filers enjoy many generous tax benefits that can dramatically lower their tax bills, our new report explains. Eliminating or limiting these preferences would make the tax code more progressive and help offset income...

Very Wealthy People Can Avoid Paying Annual Income Tax on Much of their Income
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Tax Fix for Restaurant, Retail Owners Shouldn’t Leave Out Millions of Their and Other Workers

October 21, 2019

Policymakers should accompany any provision to aid restaurant and retail owners with provisions to help millions of people who work hard for low pay in restaurants, retail stores, and elsewhere by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the low-income part of the Child Tax Credit.

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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
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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
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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 fewer than 500,000.

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