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Dec 13

Help Us Pinpoint Tax Credit Outreach Efforts Across the Country

Over the next few weeks, we’re working to compile a list of states that are currently funding outreach efforts for tax credits for working families or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), and we need your help.
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Nov 13

Online Training Offers Tools for Spreading the Word About Tax Credits for Working Families

Through a two-part series of online webinars, the National Women’s Law Center is working to reach out to low-income taxpayers that may qualify for certain tax credits but are unaware of their eligibility.
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Oct 13

Rejecting False Choices to Protect Vermont’s EITC

In two short sentences earlier this year, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin turned high hopes into bitter disappointment.
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Oct 13

Brookings Event Will Showcase NYC Expanded EITC Pilot Program

A November 14 forum at the Brookings Institution will examine a groundbreaking pilot program launched in New York City to gauge the effectiveness of an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in promoting work and reducing poverty among single adults.
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Oct 13

Resource Guide Highlights Trends in Effective EITC Campaigns

To help advocates interpret our findings and identify trends in effective EITC campaigns, we’ve put together a resource guide that summarizes the results from all four case studies.
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Sep 13

Tax Credits for Working Families Releases Case Study on Colorado Battle to Create a New State EITC

The fourth in our series of case studies of recent battles over state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) is Colorado, where in 2013 advocates won a new state EITC.
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Sep 13

Tax Credits for Working Families Releases Case Study on Vermont Battle to Preserve State EITC

The third in our series of case studies of recent battles over state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) is Vermont, where in 2013 advocates preserved the full state EITC after a Democratic governor proposed reducing it by two-thirds.
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Sep 13

Arloc Sherman: Official Poverty Measure Masks Gains Made Over Last 50 Years

With the Census Bureau due to release updated figures about poverty in America on September 17, some policymakers and commentators surely will compare today’s poverty rate to those of 1960s and conclude that the last half-century of federal efforts to alleviate poverty have largely failed — that, as some critics put it glibly, “the government declared war on poverty, and poverty won.”
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Sep 13

Tax Credits for Working Families Releases Case Study on Oklahoma Battle to Preserve State EITC

Over the last few years, advocates have fought hard to protect and expand current state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs), or to create new ones. To assist in these campaigns, we’ve compiled a number of case studies of some of the recent tax credit battles to be released over the course of the next few weeks, followed by a resource guide to summarize and help advocates interpret our findings.
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Sep 13

Tax Credits for Working Families Releases Case Study on Michigan Battle to Protect State EITC

Over the last few years, advocates have fought hard to protect and expand current state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs), or to create new ones. To assist in these campaigns, we’ve compiled case studies of some of the recent tax credit battles to be released over the course of the next few weeks, followed by a resource guide to summarize and help advocates interpret our findings.
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Aug 13

Federal Tax Code to Recognize Married Same-Sex Couples

Last month, we blogged about the Supreme Court ruling to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and its tax credit implications for same-sex married couples. This monumental decision prompted the IRS to revisit our nation’s tax law, which has typically relied on state of residence rather than state of celebration of marriage for the purpose of filing jointly – proving challenging for same-sex couples that married in one state but reside in another state in which their marriage is not legally recognized.
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Aug 13

Members of Congress Seek Cosponsors for Bill that Would Extend, Strengthen and Simplify EITC

The sponsors of The Earned Income Tax Credit Improvement and Simplification Act of 2013 (H.R.2116), who introduced the bill this past May, are looking for co-sponsors as it makes its way through the House.
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Aug 13

Tax Foundation Gets It Backwards: EITC Boosts Employment and Work Effort

Rigorous and extensive research tells a success story we have explained about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): it boosts employment, reduces poverty, and improves the lives of millions of hard working, poor families.
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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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