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VITA Champ Congressman Davis thanked during August Recess Meeting

Jackie Lynn Coleman (right), NCTC Executive Director, thanks Rep. Danny Davis (center) for his co-sponsorship of the VITA Act during his August recess visit to NCTC member, Center for Economic Progress.

Jackie Lynn Coleman (right), NCTC Executive Director, thanks Rep. Danny Davis (center) for his co-sponsorship of the VITA Act during his August recess visit to NCTC member, Center for Economic Progress.

As tax-policy questions fill the nation’s capital, Congressman Danny Davis received both thanks and encouragement for his related, anti-poverty efforts during a visit to NCTC member organization, Center for Economic Progress (CEP) on August 13th.

U.S. Rep. Davis, who represents Illinois’ 7th congressional district, visited CEP during one of its regular “Money Action Days” Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry

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Paid Preparers: NCTC Provides Assistance in Launch of New Chicago Preparer Regulations

Mayor Emanuel

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

During a press conference today, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his new proposed ordinance to more closely regulate paid preparers and enhance protections for consumers of these tax services. Citing tax data analysis provided by the National Community Tax Coalition through its Center for Economic Progress affiliate in Illinois, Mayor Emanuel highlighted the dramatic drain predatory practices and refund products have created for Chicago’s low-income working families. Read the rest of this entry

State EITC & VITA Funding Work – Can We Help?

David Marzahl

CEP President David Marzahl speaks at a bill signing to increase the Illinois state EITC

NCTC would like to help its affiliates replicate the kind of state-level success story that materialized last week in Illinois, where a new law was signed to increase the state Earned Income Tax Credit.

NCTC assisted the Center for Economic Progress – our Illinois affiliate – in providing some of the technical assistance necessary to achieve this victory for about 1 million low- and moderate-income, working families.  Together, NCTC and CEP provided state leaders with such expertise as projections for various credit-increase scenarios.  We also worked with fellow EITC coalition advocates to craft messages and pull-together compelling, national research that helped convince legislators of the need for this important step forward. Read the rest of this entry

CEP President David Marzahl Discusses Financial Aid Awareness Week on WGN TV

David Marzahl

CEP President David Marzahl

David Marzahl discusses what Financial Aid Awareness Week means, and what the Center for Economic Progress is doing to promote awareness in the Chicago area through their involvement with Financial Aid U.

By Dan Fair, Manager of Communications & Member Relations