"This book chronicles the impact of the sweeping transformation of the social safety net that occurred in the mid-1990s. With the dramatic expansion of tax credits--a combination of the Earned Income Tax Credit and other refunds--the economic fortunes of the working poor have been bolstered as never before. 'It's Not Like I'm Poor' looks at how working families plan to use their annual windfall to build up savings, go back to school, and send their kids to college. But dreams of economic mobility are often dashed by the reality of making monthly ends meet on meager wages."--Provided by publisher.
Family budgets: staying in the black, slipping into the red -- Tax time -- The new regime through the lens of the old -- Beyond living paycheck to paycheck -- "Debt! I am hoping to eliminate that word!" -- Capitalizing on the promise of the EITC -- Appendix A: Introduction to Boston and the research project -- Appendix B: Qualitative interview guide
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