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Next Stimulus Bill Should Include Volunteer Tax Assistance Funding

June 30, 2020

Policymakers gave the IRS additional funds in the CARES Act of March, acknowledging that the agency is playing a critical role in responding to today’s economic crisis by delivering ...

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IRS Stimulus Glitches Show Cost of Earlier Cuts

April 28, 2020

IRS workers deserve tremendous credit for delivering — in just weeks — 88 million stimulus payments during a pandemic. But the IRS’ challenges in doing so make clear that years of ill-advised funding cuts have left the agency understaffed and technologically out of date. Those challenges should serve as a wake-up call to policymakers on the importance of investing in core government functions...

IRS Has Far Fewer Resources Than in Responding to Great Recession

Expanding Refundable Tax Credits Would Help Many American Indian and Alaska Native Households, Reduce Poverty

December 2, 2019

Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit, as several proposals before Congress would do, could benefit hundreds of thousands of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families nationwide, our new analysis shows.

In 2019, the EITC and Child Tax Credit will boost the incomes of about 400,000 AI/AN households, which disproportionately benefit from the tax...

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Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit Lifted 10.6 Million People out of Poverty in 2018

October 31, 2019

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit together boosted the incomes of 28.1 million poor Americans in 2018, lifting 10.6 million above the poverty line and making 17.5 million others less poor, our analysis of new Census data shows. These totals include 11.9 million children, 5.5 million of whom were lifted out of poverty and another 6.4 million made less poor. The figures...

Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit Have Powerful Anti-Poverty Impact