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2013 – 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) Estimates

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS) estimates. The 5-year estimates represent data collected over a period a time on social, economic, demographic, and housing characteristics of the U.S. population. The Census provides reliable statistics that are used to make informed decisions for research…

"Public Charge" Rule and What it Can Do

The “public charge” test has been used to identify people who depend, or may depend, on government assistance for their primary source of financial support. A “public charge” can be used as a grounds for denial for immigrants applying for citizenship. Under the current policy, immigration officers decide if a…

Their Stories: Real-life Impact of Tax Credits on Utah Families

It's hard to believe, but tax season is just a few months away! One of our dedicated staff members, Greg McDonald, has been preparing taxes for hard-working Utahns for over a decade; first as a volunteer and then as one of the staff at CAP Utah. Greg was recently asked…

1 in 5 Eligible Utahns Fail to Claim Potentially Life-Changing Tax Credit

Imagine discovering an extra $2,323. That's the average amount the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) provides Utah tax filers who claim it. EITC can increase the effective wage of qualifying workers by more than $2/hour. But why does it so often go unclaimed? Many Utahns eligible for the EITC just…

Lawmakers Should Save Tax Credits Utah Families Rely On

For many working families, living paycheck to paycheck has become a fact of life. Covering housing costs, repairing the car, paying for medical expenses, working to reduce debt, or saving for emergencies are things we all address regularly. And I doubt I’m in the minority when I say that I…