Still No Extension of Child Tax Credit for Low-Income Families

As 25 million families begin receiving their checks from the IRS for the $400 per child increases in the child tax credit, House Democrats used a series of procedural floor votes on July 23 to bring attention to the fact that no progress has been made to extend the credit to low-income families.

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OMB Watch Comments on EITC "Pre-Certification"

The IRS is planning a "pilot" project to require "pre-certification" of EITC recipients beginning in August 2003. The project is targeted at filers who claim children who are not their own. Comments on the form that requires documentation or affidavits proving residency of children with the claiming tax filer for six months of the tax year were due July 14. Comments on the overall process are can be made through December 31, 2003. See the IRS announcement for more information.

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Comments on IRS Pre-Certification of EITC Recipients

The Internal Revenue Service is planning a "pilot" project beginning in August to require "pre-certification" of 45,000 Earned Income Tax Credit recipients. This effort is targeted to filers who are claiming children of whom they are not the parents. OMB Watch commented on the process and the form, which requires documentation or an affidavit to show that the children and caretakers have lived in the same household for six months of the taxpaying year. Comments on the form were due on July 14, 2003, but comments about the process may be submitted through December 31, 2003. See the IRS announcement for more details.

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From the Tax Policy Center

Here's the latest from the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center:

TAX EVASION, IRS PRIORITIES, AND THE EITC Leonard E. Burman Testimony to United States House of Representatives

THE AMT: PROJECTIONS AND PROBLEMS Leonard E. Burman, William G. Gale and Jeff Rohaly TAX NOTES, July 7, 2003

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Corporate Tax Havens and the EITC

While the administration continues to push for tax cuts for corporations and the very wealthy, whose tax avoidance is estimated to cost the government $75 billion a year, it is also working to establish a rigorous pre-certification process for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) recipients.

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Program Assessment And Budget Cuts Ahead

This Administration has not made reducing the size and effectiveness of government a stated goal; however, the strides that are being made to devolve responsibilities to the states and to privatize government functions, deregulate and limit government oversight, and defund government by reducing federal (and often state) revenue through huge tax cuts, make the words unnecessary. One new and potentially effective tool in this effort to delimit the role of the federal government is the “Program Assessment Rating Tool,” or “PART.”

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