Tax Policy Center

EITC

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
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
If Congressional gridlock sends the U.S. government tumbling over the fiscal cliff later this year, Americans could face an average tax hike of almost $3,500...
October 1, 2012Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Let’s say you are truly offended that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay income tax. Just complaining won't fix the problem. All those freeloaders are...
September 27, 2012Howard Gleckman
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
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Upward mobility has been a foundation of America’s self-image since the 18 th century. If you work hard enough, nothing can stop you from getting...
July 19, 2012Howard Gleckman
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
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
In 1998, when I was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis at the Treasury Department , I asked my staff expert on the Earned Income...
November 7, 2011Leonard E. Burman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Give Sen. Tom Coburn(R-OK) credit. In a city where obfuscation and misdirection are the coin of the realm, the conservative Republican lets you know exactly...
July 19, 2011Howard Gleckman