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December 20, 2018

As our new report explains, the 2017 tax law’s deduction for “pass-through” income may contribute to “workplace fissuring” — when firms obtain the services of workers such as truck drivers...

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December 20, 2018

The incoming Congress should give the IRS the funds to restore its ability to adequately collect revenue, a basic government function. IRS underfunding since 2010 has led to two concerning, related trends, as ProPublica reports: a significant decline in audit rates, especially among large corporations and high-income...

Sharp Decline in Audit Rates for Large Corporations and High-Income Filers
December 19, 2018

The Trump Administration is reportedly poised to propose a rule restricting states’ ability to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to childless adults living in high-unemployment areas who are struggling to find a steady job. Hundreds of thousands of...

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December 18, 2018

December 19, 2018: We have corrected the list of preventive services for which the ACA eliminated cost-sharing.

If allowed to stand, a U.S. District Court judge’s decision striking down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would significantly affect Medicare. To be sure, since the legal reasoning behind the decision is...

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December 18, 2018

President Trump’s vow to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t provide his border-wall funding threatens many important policies that lawmakers of both parties have hammered out in recent months — especially if it prompts them to fund the government through continuing resolutions (CRs) rather than regular appropriations bills.

A shutdown would only affect part of the federal...

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December 17, 2018

Last year’s bills would have had much the same devastating consequences as the decision itself, and the responses to the ruling are a reminder that the Administration and many congressional Republicans still support these outcomes.

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December 14, 2018

This week at CBPP, we focused on food assistance, health, state budgets and taxes, federal taxes, poverty and inequality, and the economy.

On food assistance, Robert Greenstein applauded congressional leaders who protected SNAP (food stamps) in the bipartisan

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Puerto Rico's New EITC Will Boost Working Households' Incomes
December 12, 2018

The House may vote on a year-end tax bill that, among other provisions, would delay or repeal four health-related taxes: the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices, the fee on health insurance providers (the “health insurance tax”), the excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans (...

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December 12, 2018

The nation’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few (see graphic), and state tax systems have contributed to that concentration as wealthy individuals and corporations used their power to shape state tax policies to benefit themselves. But better state tax policies could help build...

Wealth Heavily Concentrated at the Top
December 11, 2018

As the Trump Administration continues to encourage states to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet a work requirement, a...

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