Rural Counts: 6.1 Million Kids in Poverty

Bar graph showing concentration of child poverty in rural and urban areas.

“How are we doing?” In rural America, this simple phrase is often a greeting wrapped up in a question. Achieving widespread family economic success requires that we regularly ask that same question to measure how far we’ve come and guide where we’re going. In this same spirit, the Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released the […]

Payroll Savings Plans

The Basic Idea: Encourage families to have savings taken out of their paychecks – making saving easier and reducing the temptation to spend earnings right away.

Employer-Sponsored Child Care

The Basic Idea: Reduce the cost of child care by encouraging businesses to support child care for their workers – or the broader community. How it works: Businesses provide supports such as: Tax-free Flexible Spending Accounts for their employees to set aside pre-tax dollars for dependent care Cash support or in-kind subsidies to child care […]

Sizing Up Rural … For Sizing Down

Over the past 10 years, the national obesity rate has increased – from less than 15 percent in 1990 to over 30 percent in 2010.  So has the dialogue about what to do about it. While a groundswell of inspiring media stories feature communities taking on obesity through farmers markets and walking trails, few stories […]

Integrating Affordable Health Insurance Enrollment into Tax Prep Programs

A virtual peer learning series for rural practitioners – The RuFES Action Network recognizes that there are some opportunities where a little help from your friends can make a big difference. Integrating affordable health insurance enrollment into tax prep programs is one of those opportunities. This year only, health insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act will overlap with […]

A Wealthier and Healthier Tax Time

Every autumn, RuFES Network members start gearing up their free tax assistance promotional campaigns and programs. Their aim?  Help low-income rural families file their taxes and obtain the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credits (CTC) for which they qualify. This tax season, you can make even more difference at tax time – by helping low-income […]

Earned Income Tax Credit & Child Tax Credit Resource Guide

Updated November 2013 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Qualifications 2013 TAX YEAR QUALIFICATIONS Source: IRS.gov Earned Income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must each be less than: $46,227 ($51,567 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children $43,038 ($48,378 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children $37,870 ($43,210 married filing jointly) with one qualifying […]

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