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MEIC Learning Exchange 2017 Recap

On Friday, June 16, practitioners throughout Michigan gathered in Lansing to discuss the state of their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Programs at the Michigan Economic Impact Coalition’s (MEIC) annual Learning Exchange. The 2017 filing season came with both new and recurring challenges: new filing software (TaxSlayer), volunteer recruitment/retention and building programs with low capacity....

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Did You Know About These Two Michigan Tax Credits?

Michigan is a unique state in many ways. Some obvious, like its magnificent topography, numerous beaches and picturesque shorelines. Some, not so obvious, like its income tax credits for low- to moderate-income households. This is one of the reasons why across the state there are free tax sites open year-round to help Michigan taxpayers file...

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Taxes Due Soon!

Written by Ross Yednock, Program Director of MEIC Are you still waiting to file your 2016 federal and state taxes? There is less than a month before they are due on Tuesday, April 18 (NOT the usual 15th). Make the call today to 2-1-1 or visit MichiganFreeTaxHelp.org to find a location near you where you...

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A Review of Paul Ryan’s ‘A Better Way’ Plan: Part 3

Written by Sarah Torrico, Policy Intern The Reagan administration drastically reformed America’s tax policy, and Paul Ryan says it’s time for another big change. Like in the eighties, Ryan suggests that the public, as well as congress, are tired of the current system. In his proposal A Better Way, the three main objectives include: simplifying...

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Expect EITC Delays in 2017

Written by Ross Yednock, Program Director of the Michigan Economic Impact Coalition (MEIC) ___________________________________________________ “Everyone can begin filing their taxes as soon as tax season begins; however, due to the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act passed in December of 2015, the IRS must hold all refunds with either a EITC or ACTC claim...

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Put Hard-Earned Money Back into Your Wallet

By Ross Yednock, Project Director, Michigan Economic Impact Coalition (MEIC) Everyone does it. Or, at least, most people do. Some do it them on their own, others shell out their hard earned money and pay to have it done. But for those that learn about free tax preparation services, the savings can be huge. This...