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Fiscal Policy

Solving the Retirement Puzzle

  • By
  • Reid Cramer,
  • Justin King,
  • Elliot Schreur,
  • Aleta Sprague,
  • New America Foundation
May 12, 2014
The growing recognition that millions of Americans are ill-prepared for retirement has prompted a number of state and federal policy proposals to promote retirement security. Yet even the most promising proposals fail to acknowledge a prerequisite to sustaining long-term savings: access to flexible resources that can be tapped in an emergency or can support productive investments that can pay off over the long haul.

Asset Building News Week, April 14-18

April 18, 2014
Publication Image The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include tax day, inequality, and the safety net.

Guest Post: Six Tax Reforms to Increase Economic Security for All

April 17, 2014
Publication Image Editor's note: this blog post was authored by Heather McCulloch, Manager of the Tax Policy Project of the Asset Funders Network. It originally appeared on the ACCESS to Financial Security site and is reprinted here with the author's permission.

It’s tax time, the perfect time to consider how tax code reforms can create an America that lives up to its promise of opportunity for all.

What Are People Saying About Tax Day?

April 15, 2014
Publication Image Happy Tax Day!

Another April 15th, come and gone, here's hoping you got a refund and saved a portion of it! There's been a surprising number of articles and opinion pieces swirling around Tax Day this year. We thought we'd highlight some that jumped out at us, here's a sampling:

Asset Building News Week, March 3-7

March 7, 2014
Publication Image The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include children's savings accounts, the budget, and inequality.

Connecting Tax Time to Financial Security

  • By
  • Rachel Black,
  • Elliot Schreur,
  • New America Foundation
February 25, 2014
The ability to accumulate and access savings is a fundamental determinant of economic security for many families, especially those with low incomes and limited resources. Since every family’s circumstance is different, so too are their savings needs, which can range both in time horizon and flexibility of purpose. Current federal policy favors longer-term, targeted purposes, such as savings for retirement, leaving a void in policy supports for households whose savings needs are more immediate.

ASSET BUILDING PROGRAM APPLAUDS SENATOR RON WYDEN’S TAX REFORM VISION

February 11, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – New America’s Asset Building Program applauds the incoming Chair of the United States Senate Finance Committee, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), for his bold vision for tax reform and support for universal children’s savings accounts (CSAs).

Can Tax Policy Live Up to Its New Role in the Fight Against Poverty?

January 28, 2014
Publication Image Last, week, the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center hosted a half-day event on the role tax policy has played in efforts to fight poverty since the declaration of the War on Poverty. The panelists agreed that the role of tax policy has changed drastically since the 1960s. The trend is clear: tax policy is making up a greater share of anti-poverty programs compared to direct spending programs. The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit, for example, are now among the biggest anti-poverty programs in terms of cost to the federal government.

The Asset Building Program's Favorites of 2013

December 19, 2013
Publication Image The end of the year is traditionally a time for reflection, and everyone, everywhere on earth loves a listicle, so my colleagues and I decided to pull together a look back on the year that was for the Asset Building Program. Below you’ll find links to some of our favorite pieces of the year and the pieces that tiny elves (ok, Google Analytics) tell us were most popular with you, our readers.

New Paper: Building Assets Through Free Tax Prep

November 22, 2013
Publication Image For millions of struggling American families, filing taxes has become associated with more than just a pile of annoying paperwork. Tax time represents a significant opportunity to build financial security through income supports like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Across the country, service-group coalitions coordinate volunteers at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, sites dedicated to making sure that those struggling families get the most out of the tax time moment.
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