I live a double life at Urban, but both my roles focus on finding answers to tough policy questions. Building on three decades as a journalist, my work at the Tax Policy Center aims to explain often-arcane tax and fiscal policy to a broad audience. My long-term care work focuses on building practical solutions to the nation’s financing and delivery challenges.
Joe Manchin (D-W VA) wants any extension of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to include a “firm” work requirement and be limited to parents with “family income” of about $60,000 or less. That would open a messy can of legislative worms.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the policy response to it led to an extraordinary increase in the number of American households that owed no federal individual income tax in 2020. The Tax Policy Center estimates that last year more than 107 million households, or nearly 61 percent, owed no income tax or even received tax credits from the government.