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How Some Tax Preparers Feed on the Working Poor

How Some Tax Preparers Feed on the Working Poor

by Imara Jones on April 10 2014, 7:00AM

By siphoning off hundreds of dollars in fees from some of the nation’s neediest taxpayers, the $100 billion tax preparation industry can diminish the economic lifeline that tax refunds have come to be for millions of America’s struggling families.

Topics: Economic Justice

We're Tumbling Over an Inequity Cliff

We’re Tumbling Over an Inequity Cliff

by Imara Jones on January 3 2013, 9:45AM

This week’s fiscal cliff deal codifies the absurd notion that the super rich and the working poor are the same. In so doing, it prevents us from really fixing our racial caste system.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

We Can't Fix Our Economy Without Confronting White Supremacy

We Can’t Fix Our Economy Without Confronting White Supremacy

by Imara Jones on December 21 2012, 10:06AM

Current fiscal policy has hardened a racial caste system in the U.S. And if we won’t name it, we can’t fix it.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

Never Mind the Fiscal Cliff, the 'Reverse Subsidy' Is the Real Crisis

Never Mind the Fiscal Cliff, the ‘Reverse Subsidy’ Is the Real Crisis

by Imara Jones on December 11 2012, 10:19AM

Imara Jones argues that the core problem with how government taxes and spends is that the poor are actually the ones subsidizing the rich.

Topics: Economy, Fiscal Cliff

What's Really at Stake as We Stare Down the Fiscal Cliff [Infographic] Infographic

What’s Really at Stake as We Stare Down the Fiscal Cliff [Infographic]

by Hatty Lee, Imara Jones on December 6 2012, 9:24AM

Fiscal policy can be confusing, all the more so when everyone’s spinning misinformation. So Hatty Lee and Imara Jones offer a visual explanation of this latest debate.

Topics: Economy, Fiscal Cliff

How Bernie Sanders' Tax Plan Can Close the Huge Racial Wealth Gap

How Bernie Sanders’ Tax Plan Can Close the Huge Racial Wealth Gap

by Imara Jones on December 5 2012, 10:02AM

Neither party’s proposal for avoiding the “fiscal cliff” will truly deal with the inequity our tax policy built over the past 30 years. It’s time to listen to the independent senator from Vermont.

Topics: Economy, Fiscal Cliff

On Race and Taxes, Both Parties Insist Upon Speaking No Evil

On Race and Taxes, Both Parties Insist Upon Speaking No Evil

by Imara Jones on November 30 2012, 9:33AM

The debate over taxes is and has always been a proxy for one about racial inequity. And we’ve never been able to admit it.

Topics: Economy, Fiscal Cliff

Politics Aside, There's No Debating the Scary Facts of Romney's Tax Policy

Politics Aside, There’s No Debating the Scary Facts of Romney’s Tax Policy

by Imara Jones on October 4 2012, 9:48AM

Pundits are applauding Romney’s performance in a deeply technical debate. But he revealed a troubling misunderstanding—or misrepresentation—of tax and health policies that keep the country afloat.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty in Income Tax Case, Could Face Prison Time

Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty in Income Tax Case, Could Face Prison Time

by Jorge Rivas on June 29 2012, 5:06PM

Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Taxes, Poverty and Predatory Lending--a Knot That's Finally Unraveling

Taxes, Poverty and Predatory Lending—a Knot That’s Finally Unraveling

by Kai Wright on April 18 2012, 9:25AM

Throughout the so-called boom years, poverty was good business for tax preparers and the banks that financed their deceptive “refund anticipation loans.” That shady market is finally collapsing, but have banking regulators learned anything from it?

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright

Join the Tax Day Shuffle: A Love Story

Join the Tax Day Shuffle: A Love Story

by Asraa Mustufa on April 18 2011, 5:45PM

In seven cities across the country, people are turning the fight for a more equitable tax structure into a dance party.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Six Public Goods That Have Shaped My Life--Or, Why Taxes Are Cool

Six Public Goods That Have Shaped My Life—Or, Why Taxes Are Cool

by Kai Wright on April 15 2011, 9:47AM

My mom’s retirement, the subway, books in Washington and more. Chime in with your own examples of why we should all be happy to contribute to the collective good.

Topics: Kai Wright

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