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House Considering More IRS Cuts

July 12, 2017

Policymakers have cut the IRS budget sharply since 2010, weakening the agency’s ability to serve taxpayers and enforce the nation’s tax laws. Even so, House Republicans continue to target the IRS for deeper cuts. The House Appropriations Committee will consider a bill this week that cuts IRS funding by another $149 million. Adjusted for inflation, this would bring the IRS budget to $405...

IRS Funding Has Fallen Sharply, Is Targeted For Deeper Cuts in House Bill

“Egregious” Employment Tax Evasion Grows as IRS Enforcement Funding Shrinks

April 27, 2017

“Egregious employment tax noncompliance” by employers has risen substantially in recent years while the IRS’s ability to recover the lost revenues and investigate fraud and embezzlement has fallen, a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) finds. More than 1 million employers...

With Fewer Revenue Officers, IRS Assesses Fewer Penalties for Employment Tax Noncompiance

Middle-Class Americans’ Big Stake in Social Security

April 17, 2017

While Social Security provides a foundation of economic security for people at all income levels, new research from the Social Security Administration (SSA) illustrates its importance for those in the middle. Among beneficiaries over age 65:

  • Social Security is the main source of
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Social Security: Main Source of Retirement Income for Most Middle-Class Beneficiaries

Mnuchin: More IRS Resources and Staff Needed

January 19, 2017

Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin emphasized the importance of sufficiently funding the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today, saying:

I am concerned about the staffing of the IRS. It is an important part of fixing the tax gap and I am very

IRS Has Cut Enforcement Staff by 23 Percent Since 2010

EITC, CTC Together Lifted 9.8 Million out of Poverty in 2015

October 19, 2016

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) together lifted 9.8 million Americans out of poverty last year and made 22.0 million others less poor, CBPP analysis of new Census data shows.  The data allow us to measure of the impact of the entire credits — including both the refundable and non-refundable pieces of the CTC, in addition to the EITC....

Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Have Powerful Antipoverty Impact