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News Round-Up: March 2, 2015

March 2nd, 2015

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its latest KIDS COUNT data snapshot, “Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States.” The report points to the Supplemental Poverty Measure as a more accurate assessment of the poverty rate and the effect of safety net programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) than the federal government’s official poverty measure. (Annie E. Casey Foundation, Huffington Post, Bennington Banner).
  • We announced that we will be participating in “Telling Taxpayer Stories,” a virtual training webinar on the importance of storytelling in raising awareness around Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) (Tax Credits for Working Families). You can sign up for the webinar here.

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News Round-Up: February 23, 2015

February 23rd, 2015

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • New research from the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst further proves that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is linked to improved public health (Political Economy Research Institute).
  • Erica Williams and Michael Leachman of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) wrote that states looking to strengthen the economy should turn to the EITC (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities).
  • Vermont daycare operators called for an expansion of the state’s Child Care Credit (VT Digger).

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News Round-Up: February 17, 2015

February 17th, 2015

News Round-Up: February 9, 2015

February 9th, 2015

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • Massachusetts state legislators introduced a bill to increase the state EITC from 15 to 50 percent of the federal credit (Sampan).
  • Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) announced in his State of the State address that he wants to eliminate the state’s income tax, which would also eliminate Maine’s EITC (Governing).

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News Round-Up: February 2, 2015

February 2nd, 2015

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

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News Round-Up: January 26, 2015

January 26th, 2015

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • In his State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled a tax reform plan that includes expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for childless workers and making permanent key improvements to the EITC and Child Tax Credit scheduled to expire in 2017 (Washington PostColumbus DispatchAEIForbes). Although parts of the president’s plan are endorsed by conservatives like Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) (CNS NewsThe Hill), others have argued that it discriminates against stay-at-home parents (New York TimesWashington PostNational Review).
  • This Friday, Tax Credits for Working Families and the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) invite you to attend an EITC Awareness Day briefing on Capitol Hill. “It’s Not Like I’m Poor: New Research and Political Prospects for the Earned Income Tax Credit and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance” will answer important questions about the EITC, including how workers use it, the role played by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs and the political prospects for these federal policies (Tax Credits for Working Families).

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News Round-Up: January 20, 2015

January 20th, 2015

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

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News Round-up: January 12, 2015

January 12th, 2015

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, unveiled a tax relief plan today that includes expanding tax credits that help cover the cost of child care and creating a “paycheck bonus credit” for working couples making less than $200,000 per year (Washington Examiner, Washington Post, The Hill).
  • Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced legislation that would allow eligible workers to access a portion of their EITC in advance, as an alternative to more costly lending options (Center for American Progress, Cleveland.com).

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News Round-up: January 5, 2015

January 5th, 2015

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s 2015 budget, which includes funding for the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), is facing Republican opposition (Seattle Times).
  • Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker wrote that he will stay true to his campaign promise to explore expanding the state EITC and increasing the minimum wage (Mass Live).

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News Round-Up: December 22, 2014

December 22nd, 2014

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues. Remember – you also can track news coverage throughout the week by visiting our RSS feed, where you can filter news by a specific credit and/or state.

  • The Senate passed the House-approved tax extenders package (Bloomberg, National Journal) that does not expand expiring Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) improvements. President Obama is calling for a tax reform package in the New Year that would expand the improvements (The Hill).

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