No Help for Single Fathers

yet again.

One of the projects the research center I’m employed at is working on the the evaluation of a noncustodial parent earned income tax credit in New York City.  The way it works now, custodial parents (read: mothers) get a tax credit and noncustodial parents (read: fathers) don’t.

This experimental tax credit is geared towards low-income black fathers with child support orders.  The goal is to incentivize paying child support, and is really a round about way of incentivizing legit work.  Sounds good in principle but it’s really a mess.  The cap to get the tax credit is something crazy small that you could only make if you didn’t work all year and if you don’t work all year, how can you be current on your child support.  whomp.

Anyway the blow came because this great nation can’t get all it’s systems to work together and basically it was decided this tax credit could never go federal because the child support system is run by the states not the federal government and they didn’t think they’d be able to get both systems to work together to get the credit out to the men.

Another program for low-income, low-education, predominately men of color bites the dust.


1 Comment on No Help for Single Fathers

  1. Carlos O Rivera
    February 10, 2009 at 1:35 pm (5 years ago)

    HI I am a single father of a 3 year old girl the had taken off when my daughter was 6 months old I have been the sole provider for her health needs daycare needs etc. I am now getting a letter from the IRS stating that I need to pay back $4,500 that they wrote a check for those 3 years now they are stating that I do not have enough proof that my daughter was with me all this time I sent paper from Doctors offices,churches,daycares and still was not enough proof for them now they are threatening to garnish my pay I can’t afford a lawyer cause I am a diabetic and I live with my mother but she has enough on her plate and on top of all that the mother of my daughter is coming to see her next month I don’t know what to do from this point Ived tried everything I went to the community legal aid and they said I made to much money for there services I cant do this anymore I really need someones help or I just should lay back and not do a thing about it cause I tried everything the system is curopt for single dads trying to make a better life for their children. p.s hope you can understand

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