Budget & Taxes Research Data & Publications

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  • 03/30/09
    Avoiding the Pitfalls of Refund Anticipation Loans in Mississippi (March 2009)
    Low-income families in Mississippi lost $61.4 million of their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits to high-interest, short-term loans, tax preparation fees and other financial products issued by commercial tax preparers. The new report "Avoiding the Pitfalls of Refund Anticipation Loans in New York" by the Children's Defense Fund asks and provides examples of ways that individuals, communities and policy makers to step up and take action to lift children out of poverty by helping their working families keep more of the benefits they've earned.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 03/30/09
    Child Watch® Column: "Important Free Help at Tax Time"
    Mabel Pichardo is a self-employed mother of two young children from New York City. She earned approximately $31,000 last year making ends meet through three different freelance jobs. In 2008, she had her tax returns prepared for free at the nonprofit Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation...
  • 03/30/09
    Avoiding the Pitfalls of Refund Anticipation Loans in Ohio (March 2009)
    Low-income families in Ohio lost $105.2 million of their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits to high-interest, short-term loans, tax preparation fees and other financial products issued by commercial tax preparers. The new report "Avoiding the Pitfalls of Refund Anticipation Loans in Ohio" by the Children's Defense Fund asks and provides examples of ways that individuals, communities and policy makers to step up and take action to lift children out of poverty by helping their working families keep more of the benefits they've earned.
  • 03/30/09
    Avoiding the Pitfalls of Refund Anticipation Loans in New York (March 2009)
    Low-income families lost $199.5 million of their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits to high-interest, short-term loans, tax preparation fees and other financial products issued by commercial tax preparers. "Avoiding the Pitfalls of Refund Anticipation Loans in New York" asks and provides examples of ways that individuals, communities and policy makers to step up and take action to lift children out of poverty by helping their working families keep more of the benefits they've earned.
  • 03/30/09
    Avoiding the Pitfalls of Refund Anticipation Loans in California (March 2009)
    Low-income families in California lost $322.7 million of their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits to high-interest, short-term loans, tax preparation fees and other financial products issued by commercial tax preparers. The new report "Avoiding the Pitfalls of Refund Anticipation Loans in California" by the Children's Defense Fund asks and provides examples of ways that individuals, communities and policy makers to step up and take action to lift children out of poverty by helping their working families keep more of the benefits they've earned.
  • 03/23/09
    The New Economic Recovery Law: Resources to Help Children and the Economy
    CDF gathered useful materials from federal agencies, congressional sources, and advocacy and other organizations so you can begin familiarizing yourself with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funding and program activities available in your state and community. To ensure that children and families truly benefit from these increased funds, it is important to identify funding coming into your state that can be used to invest in children, families, and communities. These links will be updated on a regular basis, so check back frequently.
  • 03/23/09
    The New Economic Recovery Law: Resources to Help Children and the Economy
    CDF gathered useful materials from federal agencies, congressional sources, and advocacy and other organizations so you can begin familiarizing yourself with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funding and program activities available in your state and community. To ensure that children and families truly benefit from these increased funds, it is important to identify funding coming into your state that can be used to invest in children, families, and communities. These links will be updated on a regular basis, so check back frequently.
  • 03/16/09
    Avoiding the Pitfalls of Refund Anticipation Loans
    This report finds that low-income families lose billions to predatory commercial tax preparers and highlights the importance of tax credits for working families in tough economic times.
  • 03/16/09
    Avoiding the Pitfalls of Refund Anticipation Loans
    This report finds that low-income families lose billions to predatory commercial tax preparers and highlights the importance of tax credits for working families in tough economic times.
  • 01/12/09
    Letter from Marian Wright Edelman to Congressional Leadership Regarding the Stimulus Package
    A letter from CDF President Marian Wright Edelman to Congressional leadership regarding the stimulus package asking Congress to immediately pass a stimulus package that helps low-income families (those most in need and who will spend the money immediately) by including temporary tax credits.
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