Tag: ‘Elaine Maag’

Rewarding Work, Paying by the Mile, a Windfall, and… Tax Magic 


By :: May 21st, 2015

Redesign the EITC to help more low-income workers. TPC’s Elaine Maag thinks that’s the way to go. She explains in her new paper: “A worker credit based on individual earnings, and not contingent on having children at home, could provide substantial benefits to all low-income workers, ease administration for the IRS, and encourage work for childless individuals and secondary […]

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A Redesigned Earned Income Tax Credit Could Encourage Work by Childless Adults

By :: May 20th, 2015

The earned income tax credit (EITC) lifts millions of working families out of poverty, but provides little support to workers without children and some low-wage workers married to other low-wage workers. Congress could fix this flaw by scaling back the EITC and creating a new worker credit that is based on individual earnings and not […]

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Why Do Taxpayers Leave Money on the Table?

By :: May 6th, 2015

My dad taught a teenage me an important lesson when he helped me file my first federal income tax return. I earned the minimum wage at a part-time job, and didn’t have to file. But he explained that I should file, knowing my effort would be rewarded. “You don’t earn enough to owe income taxes,” […]

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Obama Would Simplify and Expand Spending and Tax Subsidies for Child Care

By :: January 22nd, 2015

President Obama proposed three important changes to the way the federal government helps families with child care costs – increase direct subsidies for low-income families, increase tax credits for middle- and higher income families, and simplify the tax code (and offset some of the cost of the other changes) by eliminating flexible spending accounts for […]

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Will Immigrants Get A Tax Windfall From Refundable Credits?

By :: December 12th, 2014

In the end-of-the-year congressional scramble, lawmakers scuttled an effort to permanently extend a number of tax breaks—largely because many feared it would open the door to widespread use of refundable tax credits by undocumented immigrants covered by President Obama’s recent executive order.  But is their concern justified? Three sets of rules related to residency and […]

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Why the More Generous Child and Earned Income Tax Credits Should Be Made Permanent

By :: December 3rd, 2014

co-authored with William G. Gale While most of the tax drama these days is focused on the fate of 50+ mostly-business tax breaks that expired nearly a year ago, lawmakers are also debating two provisions that are enormously important to low- and moderate-income households-the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Temporary […]

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Inversions?

By :: July 29th, 2014

How do you catch a tax and pin it down? Can governments make corporations “stay and listen to all they say?” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in his Washington Post op-ed called on Congress to immediately stop corporations from lowering taxes by incorporating overseas. Former Treasury official Steve Shay suggests the Administration doesn’t need to wait […]

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The “Helping Working Families Afford Child Care Act” Would Help, but Doesn’t Solve the Timing Mismatch

By :: July 28th, 2014

The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) does not work for low-income families. It fails on three counts – the credit is nonrefundable, covers only a portion of expenses, and comes long after expenses have been incurred. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY) have proposed the […]

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Misguided Expansion of the Child Tax Credit

By :: June 30th, 2014

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KN) wants to expand the child tax credit (CTC) with the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014. She’s on the right track, but her proposed expansions are ill-targeted and fail to address the credit’s biggest looming issue: the change in refundability that will hit the poorest recipients after 2017. Jenkins’s plan […]

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The Many Moving Parts of Camp’s Tax Reform for Low-Income Families

By :: March 11th, 2014

House Ways & Means Committee Chair Dave Camp’s tax reform plan would make many changes to the two major refundable tax credits aimed at assisting low- and moderate-income working families—the earned income tax credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).  It isn’t easy to keep track of all the moving parts, but it appears […]

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