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Are Taxes Complicated? Compared to What?
As the April 18 deadline for filing income tax rapidly approaches, many people will complain about how complicated the process is. But there is a...
April 15, 2022
William G. Gale
The Uncertain Future of the IRS Free File Program
Most of us dread filing tax returns—it’s too complicated, too confusing, and often too expensive. The Free File Program eased some of those burdens for...
March 9, 2022
The IRS Made Me File A Paper Return. Then Lost It
The IRS lost my 2020 tax return. Well, according to the notice I got yesterday, the IRS says it “never received” the return. But I’m...
January 26, 2022
Where Are Families Most At Risk Of Missing Out On The Expanded Child Tax Credit?
The expanded and fully refundable child tax credit (CTC) will lift millions of children out of poverty in 2021. But many very low-income children may...
October 21, 2021
Are IRS Security Tools Blocking Millions of People from Filing Electronically?
The IRS struggles mightily to balance two goals: It desperately wants to encourage taxpayers to file their tax returns electronically rather than on paper. And...
April 26, 2021
How Well Is the IRS Implementing A Retroactive Unemployment Benefit Tax Break?
By including in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) a provision to exempt up to $10,200 of last year’s unemployment benefits from federal income tax, Congress...
March 30, 2021
Unemployment Benefits Are Taxable Income: That May Reduce EITC Refunds Next Spring
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, 2020
Where Is My Income Tax Refund?
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, 2020
COVID-19-Related Policies Can Better Boost the Economy By Targeting Less To Savers
Congress has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic-induced economic slowdown by putting hundreds of billions of dollars directly into people’s pockets. Much of this came from...
June 8, 2020
C. Eugene Steuerle
Expect Long Delays In Getting Refunds If You File A Paper Tax Return
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, 2020
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