The Ladder

A Blog from New America's Asset Building Program

Guest Post: Six Tax Reforms to Increase Economic Security for All

April 17, 2014
Publication Image Editor's note: this blog post was authored by Heather McCulloch, Manager of the Tax Policy Project of the Asset Funders Network. It originally appeared on the ACCESS to Financial Security site and is reprinted here with the author's permission.

It’s tax time, the perfect time to consider how tax code reforms can create an America that lives up to its promise of opportunity for all.

What Are People Saying About Tax Day?

April 15, 2014
Publication Image Happy Tax Day!

Another April 15th, come and gone, here's hoping you got a refund and saved a portion of it! There's been a surprising number of articles and opinion pieces swirling around Tax Day this year. We thought we'd highlight some that jumped out at us, here's a sampling:

Guest Blog Post: Outsized Impacts at Tax Time

April 14, 2014
Publication Image Editor's Note: This guest blog post is contributed by Krista Comer, a Project Director at the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis.

As we rapidly approach the April 15th tax filing deadline, many people find themselves scrambling to finish (or start) their tax returns. But those of us who have already filed and received a refund may be experiencing a little peace of mind knowing that part of it is tucked away in bank accounts for when we really need the money.

Asset Building News Week, April 7-11

April 11, 2014
Publication Image The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include savings policy, poverty, and inequality.

Locked Up and Locked Out: Applying an Assets Lens to Reentry

April 7, 2014
Publication Image This Friday, the Asset Building Program will be hosting an event about the impacts of incarceration on financial security and inclusion, highlighting a new piece by our fellow Monica Potts about a reentry program at the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore. As Monica’s article details, for ex-offenders, the institutional barriers to basic financial stability—let alone savings—are vast. For a group facing so many obstacles, is asset building even relevant?

Asset Building News Week, March 31- April 4

April 4, 2014
Publication Image The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include public assistance, financial products, and homeownership.
 

Upcoming Event: 2014 Color of Wealth Summit

April 2, 2014
Publication Image Mark your calendars for April 30 and May 1: the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative (managed by the Center for Global Policy Solutions) will be hosting its annual Color of Wealth Summit in Washington, D.C. The goal of the event is to bring together political leaders, researchers from a range of fields, advocates, and members of the public for a conversation about “the racial wealth gap, its effect on marginalized households, its impact on the U.S. economy, and solutions for closing the gap.”

A Second Chance for Low-Income Men

April 2, 2014
Publication Image Editor's note: This post is contributed by Monica Potts, Senior Writer at the American Prospect and Fellow in the Asset Building Program. This post previews an event on Friday, April 11th exploring the challenges of reentering the financial mainstream after incarceration. Please join us in person or as part of our online audience.
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