Monthly Archives: August 2012

Report: Working-poor Families Do Have “Skin in the Game”

Skin in the GameAs we honor the value of hard work, Labor Day provides a particularly good opportunity to reflect on the efforts of families who often work the hardest but still struggle to attain financial security.

Adding to that perspective is a timely, new report by the Marguerite Casey Foundation called “’Skin in the Game’: The Federal Tax System, Tax Reform , and Poor Families.” It reiterates the fact that those working-poor households who pay no federal income taxes nonetheless contribute substantially to the government that serves us all. Read the rest of this entry

NCTC: Improve ITIN Changes to Protect Taxpayers, Voluntary Compliance

ITINsFamilies, the tax professionals trying to help them, and voluntary tax compliance will all suffer from changes in the application process for Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs).

That’s the theme of comments NCTC has shared with the IRS regarding the interim ITIN policy changes announced this summer. The comments also make several recommendations for shaping any longer-term adjustments to ITIN policy that the IRS plans to finalize by early fall. Read the rest of this entry

Thank You to NTA Survey Participants!

NTA Participants ThanksTax season data might not seem important until you approach a funder or Congressperson asking for more financial support – then it takes on the value of gold. If you are a coalition like NCTC, then standardized data takes on the value of platinum.

The NTA Tool enables community-based tax preparation programs to run their own standard reports during and after the tax season. We provide free technical support for the tool, and dearly desire that programs give us a copy of their data at the end of the season. Out of these individual data submissions, we create a national dataset that we use for research and lobbying. Read the rest of this entry

What’s It Like to Meet With Your Member of Congress?

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NCTC advocates in Washington, DC

NCTC members from across the country will be meeting with their Representatives and Senators this summer to advocate on behalf of low- and moderate-income families. Improvements to the EITC and Child Tax Credit, among other things, will expire without action, so now’s the time to act!

But if you’re a first-time advocate, you may not know what to expect. We asked Josephine Milfort of Newark Now about her experience meeting with her members of Congress earlier in the year. 

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August Recess Congressional Outreach – Full Steam Ahead!

Full Steam AheadWe at NCTC can’t believe it’s already August, either. While this summer has been flying past, we’ve been gearing-up our advocates, preparing them to meet with their elected officials while they are in their home districts during the August recess. If you’re not already part of those important plans, we strongly encourage you to join us.

There’s a lot at stake for working families right now. This December will mean expiring tax provisions – ranging from the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, to more recent improvements in the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, to the very existence of the American Opportunity Tax Credit  – unless Congress works to extend them. Read the rest of this entry

The Big Switch: Migration from TaxWise Desktop to TaxWise Online

Frustrated on ComputerWhen the Atlanta Prosperity Campaign (APC) became the metro Atlanta coalition lead in 2007, twenty-four of the forty existing VITA sites were using TaxWise Desktop.  Being familiar with the usage of both the Desktop and On-line versions, the APC staff wanted to transition all our sites to TWO.  In 2008, we began the cumbersome task of convincing the Desktop sites to migrate to TWO.

During our first year of the migration, all new sites were required to use TWO and we offered existing sites the chance to migrate to TWO.  We presented them a list of benefits of TWO, such as: Read the rest of this entry