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By Paul Weinstein and Bethany Patten / 4.14.2016

In 2002, researchers from the Brookings Institution and the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) wrote a groundbreaking study entitled “The Price of Paying Taxes: How Tax Preparation and Refund Loan Fees Erode the Benefits of the EITC.” This report was one of the first to highlight the costly dependence of low-wage workers on national tax preparation […]

By Will Marshall / 3.15.2016

As Americans choose a new president in 2016, populist anger dominates the campaign. To hear Donald Trump or Senator Bernie Sanders tell it, America is either a global doormat or a sham democracy controlled by the “one percent.” These dark narratives are caricatures, but they do stem from a real dilemma: America is stuck in […]

By Ed Gerwin / 11.20.2015

With the release of the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), America now has an important—and extensive—opportunity to review the agreement’s actual terms. Critics are certain to reprise old arguments, including those that blame trade for economic disruptions whose origins often lie elsewhere. And they’ll offer newer criticisms, including the claim that TPP isn’t […]

Press

By The Progressive Policy Institute / 4.18.2016

Slate columnist Helaine Olen references a PPI report in this article on the complexity and cost of filing taxes. “According to the Progressive Policy Institute, the average recipient of the earned income tax credit loses about $400 of his or her refunds to the preparers who helped complete and submit his or her taxes. For […]

By The Progressive Policy Institute / 4.14.2016

The Atlantic’s Gillian B. White wrote about the PPI’s recent report on the exploitation of low income workers by tax preparation services. The Earned Income Tax Credit program has become one of the largest national anti-poverty programs in the country, distributing about $67 billion to around 28 million low-income workers and their families. By that […]

By The Progressive Policy Institute / 4.14.2016

A PPI Report by senior fellow Paul Weinstein is discussed in this article for Johns Hopkins University’s magazine. National tax preparation chains continue to exploit the working poor, many of whom spend a significant portion of a key federal anti-poverty tax credit just to pay for filing their taxes, a new study concludes. These large […]

Blog

By Michael Mandel / 8.24.2016

Which countries should have the right to tax the profits of US-based multinationals that operate globally? A year ago we pointed out that this seemingly arcane question had the potential to become a major point of conflict between the US and the EU. Back then we warned of the potential for an “enormous job-and-revenue grab […]

By The Progressive Policy Institute / 4.14.2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2016 Contact: Cody Tucker, ctucker@ppionline.org, 202-775-0106, or Steven Chlapecka, schlapecka@ppionline.org, 202-525-3926 PPI Report: Tax Prep Chains Target Low-Income Workers Taxpayers eligible for the EITC spend as much as 22 percent of their refund to file WASHINGTON—National tax preparation chains continue to exploit the working poor, many of whom spend a […]

By The Progressive Policy Institute / 4.8.2016

Last week, PPI led a bipartisan delegation of 10 high-ranking Congressional staffers to London and Brussels, which is still grieving in the aftermath of the March 22 terrorist attacks. Our visit there so soon after the atrocity was greeted warmly as an act of transatlantic solidarity. The Digital Economy Study Group was the third such […]