Welfare and Tax Policy

Moderated by Mr. Steuerle, a panel of experts discussed the topic, “Making Taxes and Welfare Work Together.” Panel members… read more

Moderated by Mr. Steuerle, a panel of experts discussed the topic, “Making Taxes and Welfare Work Together.” Panel members talked about a welfare system of roughly 85 overlapping federal tax and transfer programs providing cash, food, health care, and other benefits to low-income families that is uncoordinated, unnecessarily complicated, inequitable, and expensive to administer. In addition, as some low-income families make financial progress, higher taxes and benefit reductions can combine to discourage individuals from working more or improving their job skills. The panelists offered the possible solution of combining as many tax and welfare programs as possible into a comprehensive system of refundable tax credits. After their presentations, the panelists responded to audience members' questions.

Professor Forman wrote the book, Making America Work, published by Urban Institute Press. close

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  • Holtzblatt, Janet Economist Department of the Treasury->Office of Tax Analysis
  • Lav, Iris J. Deputy Director Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Lerman, Robert I. Senior Fellow Urban Institute, The->Center on Labor, Human Services and Population
  • Steuerle, C. Eugene Co-Founder and Co-Director Urban Institute, The->Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
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Welfare and Tax Policy

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Public Affairs Event
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Forum
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Nov 7, 2006
Last Aired:
Nov 8, 2006

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  • Nov 07, 2006 | 9:02pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 08, 2006 | 12:37am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 08, 2006 | 7:39am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 08, 2006 | 3:43pm EST | C-SPAN 2
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