Tax Policy Center

low-income tax filers

Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Economists and many policymakers generally agree that our tax and transfer systems should promote opportunity, work, saving, and education rather than consumption. The problem is...
February 14, 2013C. Eugene Steuerle
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 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
Is there a way for low- and moderate-income households who do not have bank accounts to receive tax refunds electronically? A new Urban Institute study...
September 6, 2012Caroline RatcliffeSigne-Mary McKernan
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
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
State taxes and transfers can be an important form of assistance for low-income families. But the amount of government help varies widely among the states...
May 25, 2012Elaine Maag
State and Local Issues: TaxVox
Oklahoma, Nebraska, and my home state of Kansas are debating proposals to sharply reduce or eliminate their personal income tax. That raises important questions about...
March 27, 2012Elaine Maag
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
In just a few years, the 2010 health reform law will begin providing subsidies to help low- and moderate-income people buy health insurance. And that...
November 28, 2011Elaine Maag
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
As someone who spends her time thinking about how taxes affect low-income families – and ways to make it more rational – I can’t say...
June 14, 2011Elaine Maag