Tax Policy Center

Elaine Maag

Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Every year at tax time I am reminded of two tax benefits that subsidize my children’s child care – the employer-provided child care exclusion and...
April 15, 2013Elaine Maag
Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
Tax-based aid for higher education quadrupled between 2000 and 2010 and will continue to be a large part of the financial aid story – at...
February 25, 2013Elaine Maag
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
As regular readers of Tax Vox know, I don’t believe there is much chance President Obama and Congress will agree on individual broad-based tax reform...
February 21, 2013Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
In the realm of needless complexity, the work and family tax credits for low-income households rank near the top. The problem is especially challenging for...
February 6, 2013Elaine Maag
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
As tax filing season approaches, the IRS is reminding low-income families about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC provides a wage subsidy for...
January 25, 2013Elaine Maag
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
The 2001-10 tax cuts placed substantial emphasis on “pro-family” tax reform. The more prominent features favoring families with children included a doubling of the Child...
December 19, 2012Elaine Maag
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
If a tax cut is scheduled to expire, but the focus of the debate is elsewhere, will people notice? Will the average family be surprised...
November 30, 2012Elaine Maag
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
The Child Tax Credit (CTC), a key piece of the safety net for low- and moderate-income families, is in jeopardy as the nation hurtles towards...
October 25, 2012Elaine Maag
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) provides a significant income boost to low-income single-parent families, but can severely penalize those families if the parent marries...
August 6, 2012Elaine Maag
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
An ominous announcement for a House Ways & Means Committee joint hearing on “how welfare and tax benefits can discourage work” seemed a set-up to...
June 29, 2012Elaine Maag