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Earned Income Tax Credit

Does Your Teen Need to File a Tax Return?

“My daughter is 16 and has her first paying job. Does she need to file a separate tax return?”

March 2, 2016

Gail MarksJarvis: It’s Tax Time — Here Are Some Notable Credits And Deductions

After a few congressional tweaks, it’s worth it to explore the credits and deductions you could be missing.

March 2, 2016

President Obama Proposes Extending Earned Income Tax Credit Program For The Poor

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced his 2015 budget, and much attention was immediately given to his proposed expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). “At a time when our deficits are falling at the fastest rate in 60 years, we’ve got to decide if we’re going to keep squeezing the middle class or […]

March 4, 2014

Lying Again? Scholars Detect Deception In Ryan’s Poverty Report

For the sake of America’s poor, a sincere conservative effort to improve the programs that serve them is very desirable – especially so long as Republicans control the House of Representatives, where they habitually yearn to cut or defund those same programs. For months Washington has eagerly awaited the latest version of “compassionate conservatism,” promised […]

March 4, 2014

Republicans Draw Election-Year Battle Line Over Obama Budget

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans quickly erected a wall of opposition to President Barack Obama’s proposed 2015 budget, establishing election-year battle lines over which party can best handle the nation’s finances and address rising income inequality. It’s no surprise Republicans oppose Obama’s signature priorities in the budget — shoring up […]

March 4, 2014

An Idea Conservatives Should Love

WASHINGTON — There is a magnificent public policy that achieves many of the goals conservative politicians regularly extol. These include promoting work over dependency, reducing the cost of social welfare programs, fostering economic growth and strengthening families. The policy in question is raising the minimum wage. The only mystery is why so few conservative politicians […]

February 17, 2014

Cruel Follies: Fighting Poverty The Republican Way, With Fresh (And Not-So-Fresh) Ideas

Listening to Republican politicians these days, as they talk (and talk and talk) about poverty and inequality, can be a poignant experience. They want us to know they’re worried about the diminishing economic prospects confronted by so many Americans. They hope we will admire their shiny new solutions. And they are so eager for us […]

January 10, 2014

For New War On Poverty, First Get Facts Right

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) — The War on Poverty is now 50 years old. Has it failed? The answer varies, depending on whether we use the government’s official poverty measure or its much newer, and far more informative, one. The new measure demonstrates that government programs are doing a lot of good, especially for children. Nonetheless, […]

January 9, 2014