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New Obama Tax Proposals Are More Progressive Than They May Appear

January 30, 2015

The President’s new tax proposals would raise revenues from high-income and wealthy filers and devote much of the savings to other tax proposals that would benefit low- and moderate-income filers. Estimates from the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC) show that the President’s proposals are...

Obama’s Education Tax Proposals Would Help Middle-Class Families, Not Hurt Them as Opponents Inaccurately Claim

January 22, 2015

Some critics claim that President Obama’s proposal to streamline and better target tax credits for higher education represents an attack on middle-class...

Republican Leaders Deploying Untruths on 40-Hour Health Bill

January 7, 2015

Update, January 7: We’ve updated this post to reflect information in a new Congressional Budget Office analysis of the House bill.

While political leaders often stretch the truth to make their case, they usually don’t claim the opposite of the truth.  That, however, is essentially what Republican congressional leaders are doing by claiming that a measure before the...

IRS Funding Cuts Likely Mean More Tax-Credit Errors

December 11, 2014

Even as the Treasury Department’s Inspector General noted a significant overpayment rate in the refundable part of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) this week, lawmakers chose — in the pending 2015 government funding agreement — to weaken the IRS’s ability to reduce errors in this credit and other parts of the tax code by once again cutting IRS funding to enforce and ensure compliance with...

New Data Provide Sobering Look at Concentrated Poverty in Schools

June 16, 2014

Update, June 20: We’ve updated the graph, below, to correct an error in the display of data.

New data never before systematically collected and reported show that thousands of schools across the country have very high concentrations of poor students.  States provided the data as part of the new file type icon community eligibility provision of the school lunch...

House Should Drop School Meal Waivers from Agriculture Spending Bill

June 11, 2014

The fiscal year 2015 agriculture spending bill that the House began considering today would establish sweeping waivers from new nutrition standards for school breakfasts and lunches.  The House should not approve the bill as long as it includes that provision, which risks rolling back ...

The Ryan Budget in Context

May 5, 2014

Defending his budget’s $5 trillion in proposed cuts over the next decade, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has noted that total federal spending would still be nearly $43 trillion over that period, implying that criticism of the cuts is...

Debating the Ryan Budget

April 30, 2014

Yesterday’s Washington Post cites CBPP’s finding that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget gets nearly 70 percent...

Senate Witness Misrepresents IRS Certification and Training for Tax Preparers

April 10, 2014

Legitimate disagreement in policy debates is part of what democracy is all about.  Gross misrepresentation is not.  And it’s particularly inappropriate when it comes before a congressional committee.

Yet that’s what occurred Tuesday when Dan Alban, a lawyer at a libertarian legal institute who brought the lawsuit that bars the IRS from attempting to rein in incompetent or unscrupulous...

Chairman Ryan’s Obfuscation: Part 2

April 10, 2014

I explained earlier today the hollowness of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s attempt to deny that his budget cuts low-income programs deeply.  Ryan’s defense was that since total federal...

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