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States Should Take Steps Needed to Direct Child Support Payments Deducted From Tax Refunds to Children

In this and future tax filing seasons, states can help certain current and former Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) participants meet their basic needs by electing what’s known as the “tax offset option.” That is, states can elect to give families who are owed child support any support that the IRS deducts from a non-custodial parent’s tax refund due to past-due child support.

Ending Behavioral Requirements and Reproductive Control Measures Would Move TANF in an Antiracist Direction

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the nation’s oldest program for providing cash assistance to families with very low income, is instead laden with undignified, coercive requirements designed to exclude people due to past conduct rather than current need, and in some cases even to control their reproductive decisions.
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This week at CBPP, we focused on state budgets and taxes, housing, family income support, and the economy. On state budgets and taxes, Ed Lazere noted that the Treasury Department’s...

TANF Cash Assistance Should Reach Millions More Families to Lessen Hardship

Families use assistance provided by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to pay for rent, utilities, diapers, food, transportation, and other necessities. Yet too few families struggling to make ends meet can access the program, and TANF’s history of racism means that it disproportionately fails to reach families in states where Black children are likelier to live.
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This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, housing, health, and the economy. On poverty and inequality, LaDonna Pavetti and Gina Azito Thompson emphasized that important...
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This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, housing, the federal budget, federal taxes, state budgets and taxes, health, Social Security, and the economy. On poverty and...

Policymakers Should Craft Compromise Build Back Better Package

As policymakers pursue compromise on a Build Back Better bill, they should craft legislation that, even if smaller, still makes significant progress toward more broadly shared prosperity in which more families can make ends meet and access health care, more children have what they need for healthy development and school success, and more workers can upgrade their skills to match the needs of today’s economy.
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This week at CBPP, we focused on poverty and inequality, the federal budget, federal taxes, family income support, and the economy. On poverty and inequality, Danilo Trisi...
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This week at CBPP, we focused on housing, the economy, and state budgets and taxes. On housing, Ann Oliva emphasized that housing investments made during the pandemic are effective, but...
Fact Sheet

Federal Rental Assistance Fact Sheets

Federal rental assistance helps struggling seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, and working families keep a roof over their heads, often by helping them afford rental units they find in the private market. Ten million people in over 5 million low-income households receive federal rental assistance.

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This week at CBPP, we focused on federal taxes, state budgets and taxes, family income support, housing, and the economy. On federal taxes, Chuck Marr urged Congress to act following the...
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Happy New Year from CBPP. This week, we focused on housing, food assistance, and the economy. On housing, we updated our backgrounder on project-based vouchers. On food...
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This week at CBPP, we focused on the federal budget, state budget and taxes, health, Social Security, and the economy. On the federal budget, we outlined five reasons why Congress should...