For much of our history, most Americans lived in family units consisting of two parents, married to each other, with one or more dependent children all living together under the same roof. For families living in those times, many things were simpler, including the ability to decipher the tax code and file an accurate tax…

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The federal tax-filing season opened on January 23, and more than 150 million Americans are expected to submit a return by this year’s April 18 deadline. Although the tax code remains complicated, the annual review of income and expense reporting should be business as usual for most Americans. Still, taxpayers, their representatives, and advisors should…

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With the April 18 tax filing deadline just hours away, you might assume that the very wealthy and those with diverse investment portfolios are likely to have the most complicated tax returns. And that those with smaller incomes and a more straightforward financial situation have a pretty simple time of it. But in many cases,…

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Complex Families and Complex Taxes: How Has Growing Complexity in Families Made the Tax Filing Process More Complicated

An expert panel discusses new research highlighting changes in the family structure and how this complicates tax filing. Read the full report from the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center: Increasing Family Complexity and Volatility: The Difficulty In Determining Child Tax Benefits Hosted by The Tax Policy Center; Urban Institute – Brookings Institution General Support Provided by the Intuit…

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The Earned Income Tax Credit has provided tax relief and assistance for working families since being signed into law by President Gerald Ford in 1975 with bipartisan support in Congress. A decade later, with support from Democrats in Congress, President Ronald Reagan significantly expanded the program, calling it “the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the…

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