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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  

Francine J. Lipman

University of Nevada, Las Vegas - William S. Boyd School of Law

Date Written: January 25, 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Lipman, Francine J., Saving Private Ryan's Tax Refund: Poverty Relief for All Working Poor Military Families (January 25, 2010). American Bar Association - Section of Taxation News Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 2, Winter 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1542079

Francine J. Lipman (Contact Author)

University of Nevada, Las Vegas - William S. Boyd School of Law ( email )

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