What unemployment benefits are in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion ‘American Rescue Plan’?

Even though Congress extended federal unemployment benefits through mid-March just a few weeks ago (with a “soft phaseout” through mid-April), President Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” already calls for continuing and expanding those ....

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The IRS abandons its lawless effort to deny rebate payments to prisoners

In previous posts (here and here), I discussed the IRS’s lawless policy denying rebate payments to several groups that it loosely refers to as “incarcerated” — convicts serving their sentences, defendants institutionalized because they were found incompetent ....

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Federal unemployment benefits to eclipse $500 billion

With its 5593-page legislative text just released, news accounts suggest the coronavirus relief package expected to be considered by the House and Senate today will push total federal unemployment benefit payments in the 12 months ....

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What unemployment benefits are in the bipartisan framework for coronavirus relief?

Earlier this month, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives released a broad $908 billion framework for extending coronavirus relief. That framework has become central to possible additional coronavirus relief legislation, which congressional leaders are discussing today ....

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Bipartisan coronavirus relief plan offers path to broader agreement

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives, including members of the House “Problem Solvers Caucus” led by Representatives Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Tom Reed (R-NY), released a $908 billion framework for extending coronavirus relief. ....

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Paid leave and childcare during the pandemic

Congress responded to the arrival of the pandemic on US soil in spring 2020 by passing sweeping economic relief measures, including policies directed toward supporting the needs of families. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act ....

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What’s in Kamala Harris’s pandemic UBI plan?

While negotiations remain stalled over the next coronavirus stimulus package, a possible September deal appears likely to include a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks. For universal basic income (UBI) supporters, that raises the question: ....

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Businesses balk at payroll tax deferral

In a recent blog post, I predicted that many businesses will decline to participate in the payroll tax deferral that President Trump announced on August 8. In the short time since that announcement, numerous business ....

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Don’t eliminate payroll taxes — unless you want to discourage work

At his Wednesday press briefing, President Trump said “At the end of the year, on the assumption that I win, I’m going to terminate the payroll tax… We’ll be paying into Social Security through the ....

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