Tax Prep Amidst VITA Closures and the COVID-19 Crisis

The federal tax deadline has been postponed to July 15th, 2020 and several states have begun pushing back tax deadlines. VITA sites have been forced to close out of caution for their volunteers, coordinators, and clients. Our field partners have published and will be updating resource pages on filing and alternative tax preparation assistance options: Taxpayer Opportunity Network: Alternative…

2020 Tax Season: Spotlight on Consumer Protection for Taxpayers

The 2020 tax season is underway, and advocates from the National Consumer Law Center have issued their annual advisory on taxpayer consumer protection issues including tax-time financial products, the lack of upfront pricing for tax preparation services, and private debt collection. “Tax time is such a challenge for low-income and other vulnerable taxpayers,” said Michael…

Updated Resources on “Public Charge” Regulations Are Available

On February 24th, the “public charge” regulation – which essentially institutes a wealth test on the immigration system – took effect. Litigation is proceeding in the lower courts, but in the meantime, the regulations are continuing to sow fear and confusion in immigrant communities, harming the health, nutrition, and housing of immigrant families nationwide. The Protecting Immigrant…

EITC Awareness Day!

Each year, the IRS and national partners join in a coordination outreach effort to increase tax credit eligibility awareness. The 14th annual EITC Awareness Day is Friday, January 31st, 2020! The IRS estimates that 1 in 5 eligible taxpayers does not claim the EITC. EITC Awareness Day helps shine a spotlight on refundable credits to…

December 2019 Newsletter Interview: Amy Matsui and Melissa Boteach at the National Women’s Law Center

Tell us about Tax Justice is Gender Justice, the new series of reports on achieving gender and racial equity by harnessing the power of the U.S. Tax Code. How does this work fit into the National Women’s Law Center’s mission? Taxes play a fundamental and underappreciated role in women’s economic security. The tax code funds our…

Federal Courts Block “Public Charge” Regulation, but Chilling Effect Continues

In October, federal courts blocked the Trump Administration’s “public charge” regulation from taking effect. The injunction keeps current rules for applicants seeking permanent residency or a non-immigrant visa in effect while litigation continues. The chilling effect of the rule’s threat, however, is a continuing concern, and fear of the repercussions of applying for public benefits…