After a multi-year decline in the personal savings rate, economists now say the average American household is on track to set aside more than five percent of their annual income. For many households, an increase in personal savings means a greater ability to pay for college educations, start a small business, cover personal emergencies or…

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Small businesses drive our economy. And earlier this month, the country celebrated National Small Business Week, recognizing the 28 million small companies that create opportunities for millions of Americans through employment and innovation. Their economic contributions are well known – small businesses create two out of every three new jobs annually and generate income for…

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Wouldn’t it be great if low- and moderate-income families could file their tax returns at no cost? They can. It began back in 2002, when the then-Commissioner of the IRS Charles Rossotti formed a public-private partnership with the technology industry to create IRS Free File. The common goal of this alliance: to help reduce the…

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Continuing the Fight Against Tax Refund Fraud

Over the next few months, approximately 150 million Americans will complete and file state and federal tax returns. For most families, this is a time to take stock of their finances, pay off some debts or put aside a portion of their refund for savings or future expenses. For others, it’s a chance to travel…

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Within the next five years, as many as four in 10 workers in the United States are expected to be self-employed, due in part to millions of Americans joining the ranks of what is being called the “sharing economy.” That’s the finding of a new labor market study conducted by Emergent Research that predicts that more…

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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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When the government and private sector work together to solve problems, they have the ability to change lives. Think of the emergency alerts that you get during severe weather or if a child goes missing in your area. Government agencies broadcast the alerts, but it’s the partnership with the mobile carriers that puts the information…

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Cyberfraud. It’s quickly becoming the watchword of this tax filing season. Several weeks ago we saw an increasing number of attempts by cybercriminals to use stolen identities to file fraudulent state income tax returns. Seeing this increase in suspicious filings, we took swift action to secure these returns and, working in consultation with the states,…

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