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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
Federal Budget and Economy
Can People Get A Larger COVID-19 Rebate By Waiting To File Their 2019 Tax Return?
One big unanswered question about the COVID-19 recovery rebates included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act: What year’s income will the...
April 10, 2020
Six Reasons Why Trump’s Plan To Delay Tax Filing Won’t Help The Coronavirus Economy
President Trump says he wants to allow “certain” people and businesses to delay tax filing in an apparent effort to stabilize the economy in the...
March 12, 2020
How Can We Increase EITC Participation?
The IRS and Census Bureau estimate that only about 78 percent of people who are eligible for the earned income tax credit (EITC) get it...
February 18, 2020
A Valentine’s Day Gift: An Updated Marriage Bonus And Penalty Tax Calculator
Does Valentine’s Day make you think about marriage? If you need one more reason to take that step, consider that Uncle Sam may already have...
February 14, 2020
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