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  • Year-round distribution of Earned Income Tax Credit has significant benefits, says study

    The Earned Income Tax Credit is now only paid as a lump sum after tax return filing, but spacing it out over the course of the year can result in significantly lower borrowing, more stable finances and less financial stress for low- and moderate-income families, according to a recent study led by Ruby Mendenhall, a professor of sociology and of African American studies at Illinois.

    The Earned Income Tax Credit is now only paid as a lump sum after tax return filing, but spacing it out over the course of the year can result in significantly lower borrowing, more stable finances and less financial stress for low- and moderate-income families, according to a recent study led by Ruby Mendenhall, a professor of sociology and of African American studies at Illinois.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Ruby Mendenhall, call 217-333-2528; email rubymen@illinois.edu.

    The report “Chicago Earned Income Tax Credit Periodic Payment Pilot: Final Evaluation” is available online or from the News Bureau.

    Co-authors on the report, all at the U. of I. except where noted: Renee Lemons, doctoral student in educational psychology; Flavia Andrade, professor of kinesiology and community health; Andrew Greenlee, professor of urban and regional planning; Karen Kramer, professor of family studies; Loren Henderson, professor of sociology and of anthropology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Lizanne DeStefano, professor of psychology at Georgia Tech; Christopher Larrison, professor of social work; Ilana Redstone Akresh, professor of sociology; and Kevin Franklin, executive director of the Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.