Tax Policy Center


: TaxVox
Would increasing the Internal Revenue Service’s funding for audits increase tax collections by more than the cost? Yes, if the funds are spent wisely.
September 28, 2020Janet Holtzblatt
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Many low- and moderate-income households no doubt were assisted greatly by enhanced federal unemployment insurance benefits that they received earlier this year and would be...
September 15, 2020Elaine Maag
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Conserving nature—not paving over it—is "pretty cool," so much so that our tax code has for decades offered an tax incentive to do it through “conservation easements.” But a certain kind of scam has taken that incentive to another level entirely.
September 2, 2020Renu Zaretsky
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Hope you had a Happy Tax Day. I’m still waiting for my refund. I filed my 2019 individual income tax return electronically on May 1...
July 16, 2020Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Sometimes, the junk mail and the bills pile up unopened on my dining room table. The Internal Revenue Service has me beat. After the COVID-19...
July 15, 2020Janet Holtzblatt
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Today’s advice: If you have not yet filed your federal income tax return, do not—repeat, do not—send the Internal Revenue Service a paper return—especially if...
April 14, 2020Janet Holtzblatt
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Last night, the, the Treasury Department announced it was reversing course and would make direct coronavirus rebate payments to Social Security beneficiaries even if they...
April 2, 2020Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act promises that low-income Social Security beneficiaries will automatically get their $1,200 COVID-19 rebate, but new guidance...
April 1, 2020Janet Holtzblatt
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
The federal government’s new coronavirus payments to adults and children will provide much-needed cash to 90 percent of US households. Unfortunately, tens of millions of...
March 30, 2020Howard GleckmanElaine Maag
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
During last month’s Democratic presidential debate, moderator Gayle King asked the candidates what motto guided their lives. If Oprah’s best friend ever asks me, I...
March 25, 2020Janet Holtzblatt