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Gizem Kosar

Microeconomic Studies
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
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October 2016Trends in Cumulative Marginal Tax Rates Facing Low-Income Families, 1997-2007
with Robert A. Moffitt: w22782
We present new calculations of cumulative marginal tax rates (MTRs) facing low income families participating in multiple welfare programs over the period 1997-2007, the period after 1996 welfare reform but before the program expansions of the Great Recession. Our calculations are for nondisabled, nonelderly families who pay federal and state income taxes and the payroll tax but receive benefits from up to four different transfer programs—Medicaid, Food Stamps, subsidized housing, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The results show enormous variation in MTRs across families who participate in different combinations of welfare programs, who have different family structures, and who have earnings in different ranges. For families who participate in either no or fewer than two welfar...

Published: Gizem Kosar & Robert A. Moffitt, 2017. "Trends in Cumulative Marginal Tax Rates Facing Low-Income Families, 1997–2007," Tax Policy and the Economy, vol 31(1), pages 43-70. citation courtesy of

Trends in Cumulative Marginal Tax Rates Facing Low-Income Families, 1997–2007
with Robert A. Moffitt
in Tax Policy and the Economy, Volume 31, Robert A. Moffitt, editor
We present new calculations of cumulative marginal tax rates (MTRs) facing low income families participating in multiple welfare programs over the period 1997–2007, the period after 1996 welfare reform but before the program expansions of the Great Recession. Our calculations are for nondisabled, nonelderly families who pay federal and state income taxes and the payroll tax but receive benefits from up to four different transfer programs—Medicaid, Food Stamps, subsidized housing, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The results show enormous variation in MTRs across families who participate in different combinations of welfare programs, who have different family structures, and who have earnings in different ranges. For families who participate in either no or fewer than two welfar...
 
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