Tax 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
The community tax world tends to lump together the tax credits that have been the core motivation of this work. “The EITC…and other tax credits” is the usual formulation (though sometimes the Child Tax Credit (CTC) gets its own billing).
It’s worth taking time now and then to think about the distinct populations served by the tax credits lower-income households can claim through their tax returns. The data collection processes in place at many tax sites provide many insights.* Read the rest of this entry