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Don’t think you can fool the IRS

PoliticoPro cites TCF fellow Edward Kleinbard in a recent story on the ongoing IRS "scandal" over audit rates.


“What’s happening over the years is that the IRS has relied more on systems and less on traditional audits so the audit effort can be focused on places where there are real issues,” said Edward Kleinbard, a professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and former chief of staff at the Joint Committee on Taxation. “The IRS has been significantly underfunded relative to the number of burdens placed on it.”

Read more here.

Tags: tax system, tax reform, tax policy, irs audits, irs, edward kleinbard, economic policy

The Devastating Effects of Concentrated Poverty

April 14, 2014 BY: Paul Jargowsky TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality

Following a joint event with the Economic Policy Institute and TCF, Ta-Nehesi Coats published a new piece at The Atlantic on concentrated poverty where he cites TCF fellow Paul Jargowsky's latest research. 

Read Coates' take here.

Tags: wealth gap, the atlantic, ta-nehisi coates, racial inequality, paul jargowsky, concentrated poverty

Even As Jobs Numbers Seem Better…

April 14, 2014 BY: Jeff Madrick TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality

At the Campaign for America's Future blog Our Future, TCF fellow Jeff Madrick is cited for his research on the "jobs emergency."


Give people a raise. Madrick at Next New Deal writes that we should give people a raise: “The bill before Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 may still not pass, but intelligently designed studies suggest such a hike could lift … 6 million people out of poverty and provide raises for about 25 million people.”

Read the full article here.

Tags: unemployment, tax loopholes, minimum wage, job growth, jeff madrick, corporate taxes

The Paycheck Fairness Act Would Have Helped All Workers, Not Just Women

April 11, 2014 BY: Moshe Marvit TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality

TCF fellow Moshe Marvit writes a great piece for In These Times on The Paycheck Fairness Act.


The right to discuss one’s wages is theoretically already a federally protected one under the nation’s labor laws, but the weakness of the Labor Board makes it essentially a right without a remedy. The approach taken by the Senate with the Paycheck Fairness Act of trying to shift various labor rights to other more effective statutes is likely the best way to save labor law and protect workers. Though the act failed by six votes to get a filibuster-proof majority on Wednesday, Democrats should certainly keep trying.

Read the full article here.

Tags: women's rights, paycheck fairness, moshe marvit, labor rights, labor board, in these times, equal pay

Concentration of Poverty: An Update

April 9, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Paul Jargowsky TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality, Poverty

Americans increasingly live in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to an analysis released by TCF fellow Paul Jargowsky last December. And now, new data shows high-poverty neighborhoods are getting worse--quickly.

Tags: socioeconomic diversity, poverty rate, paul jargowsky, high poverty neighborhoods, concentrated poverty, census tracts


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