20 Years After 'The End of Welfare:' Workfare Delivered Through Federal and State EITC Systems
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In 1996, the government “ended welfare as we know it.” Twenty years later most government assistance generally requires work. The most significant workfare program today is the Earned Income Tax Credit delivered to taxpayers and their families through federal and state income tax systems. Panelists will look at the historical performance of the EITC, statistics on how and whom it has helped, and what efforts could improve its success in mitigating poverty and income inequality. As lawyers, we must continue to think critically about access to justice, including economic and tax justice. Panelists will discuss the benefits and burdens of the delivery of antipoverty benefits through complicated federal and state income tax systems causing millions of low-income taxpayers to use paid, but unregulated tax preparers.
Moderator: Marilyn J. Harbur, Senior Assistant Attorney General, General Counsel Division, Tax & Finance Oregon Department of Justice, Salem, OR
Panelist: Professor Francine J. Lipman, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Panelist: Alexandra Thornton, Senior Director, Tax Policy, Center for American Progress, Washington, DC
Panelist: Michael Best, Senior Policy Advocate, Consumer Federation of America, Washington, DC
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