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Aug 13

VITA updates create new opportunities for August advocacy

VITA is in season in Washington, D.C. with recent news emerging from the U.S. House, Senate, and the IRS. Appropriations bills for the next fiscal year have now been put forward by committees in both houses with new challenges and opportunities for the VITA grant program.
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Jul 13

State EITCs May Foster Economic Mobility

We have long known that the EITC is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty in the short run. Now a new study reports that children of state EITC recipients are also more likely to have higher household incomes than their parents when they become adults.
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Jul 13

DOMA Struck Down; the Nation Revisits the Tax Code for Married Couples

Last week’s Supreme Court ruling to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act affirmed that same-sex marriages deserve equal treatment under federal law. One outcome is that, just like spouses of the opposite sex, these couples will now be able to file their federal income taxes jointly.
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May 13

Americans Understand That Families Need The Earned Income Tax Credit To Make Ends Meet

What does it really take for a family to “get by”? Gallup has been asking Americans that question for nearly 80 years. Their most recent survey shows that Americans believe that a family of four needs nearly $60,000 a year to make ends meet in their community.
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Apr 13

New Focus on Tax Reform in the Senate

The discussion of tax reform was rejuvenated this week following an announcement from retiring Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) that he will use the time not spent campaigning for re-election to instead focus on an overhaul of the nation’s tax code.
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Apr 13

Going to Court for Consumers

Retaining basic, common-sense regulations of commercial tax preparers is critical to protecting consumers from fraud, abuse, and incompetence, we’ve reiterated in court papers filed last week.
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Mar 13

House Ways and Means Tax Reform Working Groups to Review Current Federal Income Tax Law

House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) recently announced the formation of eleven separate Tax Reform Working Groups that will together review current federal income tax law.
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Jan 13

Guest Commentary: Paid-prep rules encounter a bump in the road

The movement toward common-sense regulation of paid tax preparers has hit a bump, but hopefully not for long.
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Jan 13

Guest Commentary: New State Data Show EITC’s Widespread Anti-Poverty Impact

Packed into the new year’s fiscal cliff deal was some good news for working families, including a provision that extends the 2009 Recovery Act expansions to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) by five years—targeted expansions that strengthened these credits for working families in response to the Great Recession and weak economic recovery that followed.
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Jan 13

The Fiscal Cliff and Working Family Tax Credits

While the national media covered every twist and turn in the fiscal cliff negotiations, little attention was paid to the provisions of the law affecting tax credits for working families. So here’s the bottom line.
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