Working Families Deserve More from Trump Administration’s Tax Reform Plan

By Yuqi Wang, Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project, NCLR

In an attempt to squeak in a policy win during his first 100 days, President Trump released a tax reform outline this week. Unfortunately, the big tax reform reveal was simply a one-page outline that was thin on details. The little content that was shared makes it clear that the president plans to line the pockets of the rich and provide very little support to working families. The tax reform outline also runs directly counter to the Trump administration’s pre-election promises about tax reform—that reform would not reduce revenues, not cut taxes for the wealthy, and benefit working families.

The proposal places too much emphasis on rewarding the wealthy and corporations. Plus, there’s no way to pay for it, which means we’re looking at either a very large increase in the national debt, or huge reductions in federal spending, neither of which benefits middle-class workers.

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Four Things for Latino Families to Remember on Tax Day

By Yuqi Wang, Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project, NCLR

For many Latino households, the tax refunds they receive every April is one of the largest influxes of cash they receive all year. The refunds help families pay debts, keep them out of poverty, and help to buy necessities like clothes and groceries. Below are a few things for Latino families to keep in mind as the 2016 tax filing season wraps up today.

1. You may be eligible for critical refunds, such as the EITC or CTC. Filing your taxes means that you might be eligible for critical refunds like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). The EITC and the CTC are two refundable tax credits that benefit low- and middle-income earners. They increase the earnings of lower-income workers, reduce child poverty, make low-wage work more rewarding, and offset the effect of paying regressive payroll taxes. Both credits raised more than nine million Americans out of poverty in 2015, and made 22 million others less poor. It is important to note that taxpayers filing with an ITIN number are eligible to claim the CTC, but not the EITC.

2. If you file your tax return with an ITIN, you may need to renew your ITIN to get a refund. Under legislation passed by Congress in 2015, the IRS requires that certain taxpayers renew their ITINs before they submit their tax return and claim certain tax credits, primarily the Child Tax Credit. Affected ITINs expired on January 1, 2017, and unless renewed, taxpayers using expired ITINs on their tax returns will face a delay in receiving eligible tax refunds. For more information and resources on renewing ITINs, visit nclr.us/ITIN.

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The President Wants to Use Your Tax Dollars to Fund His Deportation Agenda

By Laura Vazquez, Program Manager, Immigration Initiatives, NCLR

As we look ahead to Tax Day next week, many of us are thinking about the ways that tax revenue is spent. For example, tax dollars are critical to funding our country’s investments in areas such as housing, health care, education, school lunches, and Medicaid, to name a few.

Our tax dollars should reflect our country’s priorities, and fund programs that meet critical needs for communities across the country. Unfortunately, the administration is asking Congress to use our tax dollars to implement its mass deportation policy. This policy would increase the number of enforcement agents to round up undocumented immigrants and tear apart families.

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Weekly Washington Outlook — May 9, 2016

U.S. Capitol 1793-1863 Washington, DC, USA

U.S. Capitol 1793-1863 Washington, DC, USA

 What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

House:

The House returns from its recess on Tuesday and will consider the following legislation under suspension of the rules:

  • 2755– Fallen Heroes Flag Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt / House Administration Committee)
  • R. 4063– Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
  • R. 4957– To designate the Federal building located at 99 New York Avenue, N.E., in the District of Columbia as the “Ariel Rios Federal Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Andre Carson / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
  • R. 4985– Kingpin Designation Improvement Act of 2016(Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Foreign Affairs Committee)
  • 32– Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein / Judiciary Committee)
  • R. 5048– Good Samaritan Assessment Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Guinta / Judiciary Committee)
  • R. 5052– OPEN Act (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Judiciary Committee)
  • 125– Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy / Judiciary Committee)
  • R. 2137– Federal Law Enforcement Self-Defense and Protection Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins / Judiciary Committee)
  • R. 3209– Recovering Missing Children Act (Sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen / Ways and Means Committee)

On Wednesday, the House will also vote on legislation under suspension of the rules:

  • R. 4843– Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Education and the Workforce Committee)
  • R. 4978– NAS Healthy Babies Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Evan Jenkins / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 3680– Co-Prescribing to Reduce Overdoses Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 3691– Improving Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Ben Ray Lujan / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 1818– Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 4969– John Thomas Decker Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Pat Meehan / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 4586– Lali’s Law (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Dold / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 4599– Reducing Unused Medications Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Katherine Clark / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 4976– Opioid Review Modernization Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 4982– Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act of 2016(Sponsored by Rep. Bill Foster / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 4981– Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Expansion and Modernization Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Larry Bucshon / Energy and Commerce Committee)

In addition, the House will vote Wednesday on H.R. 4641, legislation to provide for the establishment of an inter-agency task force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, and for other purposes (Subject to a Rule)(Sponsored by Rep. Susan Brooks / Energy and Commerce Committee)

On Thursday and Friday the House will vote on the following:

  • R. 5046– Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner / Judiciary Committee)
  • Consideration of House Amendment to S. 524 – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016
  • Motion to go to Conference on S. 524, and Possible Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees

Senate:

The Senate returns from its recess on Monday and will resume consideration of the Energy and Water appropriations bill.  A vote on a substitute amendment to the legislation is scheduled for Monday evening.  Later in the week, Senator McConnell (R-KY) may schedule a procedural vote on a “minibus,” combining spending bills for Transportation-Housing and Urban Development and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs.
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Weekly Washington Outlook — May 2, 2016

US Supreme Court 1935 Washington, DC, USA

What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

House:

The House is in recess this week, returning May 10.

Senate:

The Senate is in recess this week, returning May 9.

White House:

On Monday, the president will attend meetings at the White House.

On Tuesday, President Obama will honor the 2016 National Teacher of the Year and finalists at the White House, thanking them for their hard work and dedication each and every day in the classroom.

On Wednesday, the president will travel to Flint, Mich. to the hear first-hand from Flint residents about the public health crisis, receive an in-person briefing on the federal efforts in place to help respond to the needs of the people of Flint, and deliver remarks to community members. In the evening, President Obama will deliver remarks at the Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies 22nd annual awards gala dinner.

On Thursday, the [resident will host a Cinco de Mayo reception at the White House. In the afternoon, President Obama will be joined by the vice president, first lady and Dr. Biden to kick off the 5th anniversary of Joining Forces and the 75th anniversary of the USO. The event, A Celebration of Service, will include nearly 1,500 service members and their families.

On Friday, the president will attend meetings at the White House.

On Saturday, President Obama will deliver the commencement address to the 2016 graduating class of Howard University in Washington. As one of the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Howard University is recognized for its rigorous education and legacy of building lasting bridges of opportunity for young people.

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