Saving Private Ryan's Tax Refund: Poverty Relief for All Working Poor Military Families
American Bar Association - Section of Taxation News Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 2, Winter 2010
2 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2010
Date Written: January 25, 2010
Enlisted soldiers are part of an exploding population of working poor in America. The U.S. Department of Defense estimates that thousands of military families live in poverty and that 40% of lower ranked soldiers face "substantial financial difficulties." This paper suggests an expansion of the earned income tax credit similar to the recent Congressional expansion of the 2008 stimulus rebate payments to include ALL working poor military families. This expansion is necessary to ensure that every military family has a fighting chance in the war at home against poverty.
Keywords: earned income tax credit, poverty, armed forces, tax policy, working poor, 2008 stimulus rebate payments, undocumented immigrants, unauthorized immigrants
JEL Classification: D31, D63, H21, H24, H56, H53, I31, I38, J18, J38, K34, J15, J78, K42, F15, H22, H23, H31, H55, I3
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