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Democrats' relief bill would expand earned income tax credit

Feb 23, 2021
Millions would become eligible, and the benefit could triple for some.
Sens. Richard Durbin, left, and Chuck Schumer discuss the COVID-19 relief bill. Tax policy changes backed by Democrats could make a big difference for low-income workers.
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Should low-income workers without kids get expanded tax credits?

May 31, 2019
An expanded earned income tax credit has been floated by a number of Democratic presidential hopefuls.
New tax season, new rules but same amount of refund?
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Study looks at where the IRS audits more and less

Apr 15, 2019
“It is, in a way, a map of poverty in this country,” ProPublica reporter Paul Kiel says.
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Taxes shape our behavior. Here's what to look for in the new bill

Dec 21, 2017
The Republican tax bill moves away from using the tax code as social engineering, though some behaviors are still incentivized.
The Capitol dome is seen as lawmakers continue to work towards tax legislation on Capitol Hill on Dec. 18, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
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Tax refund delays could sting working poor

May 13, 2016
The IRS won't be able to send some workers' refunds next year until after Feb. 15.
Refund delays could disrupt workers’ personal budgets.
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Tax preparers prey on low-income filers, study finds

Apr 15, 2016
Tax-prep costs cut into refunds from the earned income tax credit.
Tax preparers are taking advantage of those who receive Earned Income Tax Credit, according to some researchers.
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Getting married can cost you at tax time

Apr 6, 2015
When both spouses earn similar incomes, married couples may pay more in taxes.

IRS may have money waiting for you

Jan 27, 2012
Today is Earned Income Tax Credit Day, which highlights the benefit for low- and moderate-wage earners.