Reaching more than 20,000 households with our services, including thousands of free tax returns filed and millions of dollars in refunds generated, only begins to address the financial challenges facing those we serve. CEP works at the local, state, and national levels to advance the interests of working individuals and families, supporting policies that alleviate poverty, create opportunity, and enable people to achieve their goals. By advocating for solutions in the following policy areas, CEP furthers its mission to empower its clients, and to improve the financial lives of millions more Americans.
Standing Up For Taxpayers: Why Minimum Standards for Paid Preparers Matter
In Illinois—and 44 other states—there are more standards for hairdressers than there are for paid tax preparers. With high rates of error and fraud, paid preparers victimize countless taxpayers each year, leaving them to deal with disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and the Illinois Department of Revenue. Our report discusses state-level options for solving this problem. We also received comments from several 2018 attorney general and gubernatorial candidates, who overwhelmingly support establishing taxpayer protections.
- Download the Report
- Download the Executive Summary
- Download the Candidate Statements Two-pager
- Download the Full Candidate Statements
- Download the Press Release
The New Tax Law
First Quarter, 2018
Policy Brief: We Deserve a Better Tax Break
November 1, 2017
Moving People to Save at Tax Time: Lessons from the Field
“Moving People to Save at Tax Time” is our contribution to the field co-authored with Prepare and Prosper of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Restructuring the EITC: A Credit for the Modern Worker