Create an audiovisual presentation designed to influence those in power to consider changing the program or policy. The final format of this presentation is up to you, but a straightforward approach would be to create a PowerPoint presentation, enable the record function, and narrate through the presentation as if you were delivering it live.
- To prepare for the narration, it is helpful to write a script or notes and use them as a guide when recording. Include these talking points in the Notes section of the corresponding slides of the presentation. This will also ensure that, in case there are any problems with your recording, the information of the narration is still accessible.
- For your audio recording, you may use the options under the Audio button within PowerPoint, Kaltura, Zoom, or other method of recording that is available to you. When submitting your assignment for grading, be certain that all necessary files are attached in the assignment area: your paper, your PowerPoint presentation, and the file or link for the audio recording if you did not use the recording feature in PowerPoint.
- If you cannot complete the audio portion of your assignment, please contact the instructor for an alternative.
- Utilize the links in the Resources to assist you with creating an effective presentation.Select and explain a program or policy that you believe oppresses, alienates, or discriminates and explain why you think this is the case. Use your current knowledge and skills in regards to program and policy evaluation as well the approach to evaluation that Chambers and Bonk (2013) employ in your text.
- Analyze the program or policy that you have selected by applying the three evaluation criteria, adequacy, equity, and efficiency, from Chambers and Bonk (2013).
- Recommend improvements or enhancements to the program or policy, converting it to a policy or program meant to create privilege and/or power.
Analyzing and Recommending Policy Changes
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
The law is built to allow a tax credit for workers that offer paid families and medical leave to workers.
It is exacerbating economic inequality that adversely affects women and the people of color.
It has delivered huge benefits to high income earners.
The wealthy persons and families as well as larger corporations also benefits.
It has s proposed cuts to the public programs
These are the programs that supports women and the households on the ground that leads to the increase in deficits requires reduced expenditure (National Women’s Law Center, 2019).
This is a law that is built to allow a tax credit for workers that offer paid families and medical leave to workers. This law has exacerbated economic inequality to the detriment of women and the people of color. This law delivered the bulk of benefits to the high income earners. Other beneficiaries are the high-wealth individuals and families as well as larger corporations. The law has proposed cuts to the public programs that supports women and the households on the ground that increased deficits requires reduced expenditure.
The law has overwhelmingly benefited the wealthy
Women from the low to moderate income households have suffered as a result of this law.
The Act contains provisions aimed at benefiting the rich.
It lowers the top income tax rates.
The rich also benefits from the slashed taxes amongst states that are considered to be wealthy
It permits tax-sheltered finance to be utilized for the payment of the private school tuition (National Women’s Law Center, 2019).
The law has overwhelmingly benefited the wealthy at the expense of women, people of color, and the low to moderate income households. There are provision in the Act that are aimed at benefiting the rich. Some of these benefits are associated with the lowering of the top income tax rates. There is also slashing of the taxes on wealthy estates and permitting tax-sheltered funds t be utilized to pay for the private school tuition.
This law will continue to exacerbate inequality.
More than half of the tax law’s benefits will rise to 5 percent taxpayers.
About 83 percent of the benefits goes to richest 1 percent of the families.
There is underrepresentation of people of color and the women in the higher income families.
There is also over presentation of people of color and women.
It is associated with the historical disparity and structural unfairness.
There is large and tenacious gaps in the salary and wealth gaps between the white men and women of color (National Women’s Law Center, 2019).
It is evident that the law will continue to exacerbate inequality. More than half of the tax law’s benefits will rise to 5 percent taxpayers. It is estimated that about 83 percent of the benefits from this law will go to the richest 1 percent of the families. The people of color and the women supporting their families are underrepresented in the higher income families. They are overrepresented in the lower income families receiving little to no benefit from the Act. This is linked to the historical discrimination and structural inequality. The end result has been large and persistent wage and wealth gaps between the white men and women of color. The Act continue to exacerbates the gaps thus leading to the rise in gender, racial, and economic inequality.
The law provided significant tax savings to the organizations
However, the claim that it will lead to the increase in worker payment and increase in new corporate investment is not correct.
It lead to the creation of new 20 percent deduction for some “pass through”.
Nevertheless, these deductions benefits wealthy persons.
Women-owned enterprises are not benefiting much from these deductions.
The deductions are used to create incentives used by the workers to recruit self-governed contractors to make up for workers
Such actions leads to the weakening of legal protection of these employees(Koop et al., 2019)
The law provided significant tax savings to the organizations such as reduction in the corporation tax from 35 to 21 percent. This is contrary to the claim that the law will leads to the increase in worker payment and increase in new corporate investment. The Act created a new 20 percent deduction for some “pass through” income partnerships, small business, and others. Nevertheless, the deductions are heavily tilted to wealthy. The women-owned businesses are unlikely to benefit much from these deductions. The deductions are also creating incentives for the employers to hire independent contractors in lieu of the workers. This weakens the legal protection of these employees for example the protection against race or gender discrimination or harassment.
A need for change
It cannot be denied about the impact of the Act on low and moderate income earners.
The high income earners, high wealth families, and the big firms are the beneficiaries of this Act.
It has left out women, people of color, and working families.
The increased cost associated with the Act has led to the reduction in the revenues
It has led to the cutting of the revenues to the programs and services that benefits women and households
It has affected the ability of these families to meet the basic living standards.
The policy has, therefore, resulted in inequality associated with gender, racial, and economic (National Women’s Law Center, 2019).
The evidence about the impact of the Act on low and moderate income earners is indisputable. The Act delivered significant benefits to high income earners, high wealth families, and the big firms. It has left out women, people of color, and working families. The exorbitant cost of the tax law has manifested in terms of reduction in the revenues and the proposed cuts to some programs and services that assisted women and families meet the basic living standards. In summary, the policy has resulted in inequality associated with gender, racial, and economic.
There is a need to have a change in the policy.
Policymakers must re-orient tax policy
This is important in helping and supporting women from the low to moderate income households.
There is a need to enact tax polies that protects women and families.
Make real steps to boost the income of the majority of the hard working persons falling above poverty line
Enhancing the income tax credit that is earned by the employees with no of dependent children (Gale et al., 2019).
There is a need to have a change in the policy. The policy makers need to re-orient tax policy to help in supporting women, people of color, and the low to moderate income households. These changes can help in the advancement of the gender, racial, and economic equity, and promoting an economy that works for all. There is a need to enact tax policies to make differences to women and families. The policy makers should have taken real steps in boosting the incomes of millions of hardworking persons above the poverty live. This can be achieved through improvement of the earned income credit for the employees who do not claim dependent children.
The future tax policies can help reduce the disparities
It is evident that this policies has resulted to numerous policies as opposed to what it was meant for
The reduction in the disparity can help in moving towards tax code
It can serve as an essential instrument towards increasing equality.
The lawmakers must ensure fair share and good payment.
It helps in ensuring that there is sufficient revenues to help in funding the shared priorities (National Women’s Law Center, 2019).
The future tax policies can help reduce the disparities created by this policy. This can help in moving towards tax code that serves as a tool for increasing equity. It is important for the lawmakers to ensure wealthy pay their fair share. This is important in ensuring that there is adequate revenues to help in funding the shared priorities.
The lawmakers must make tax code better.
It helps in supporting employees
The improvement of the tax code enabling savings and wealth-building for the affected individuals.
The law makers must ensure availability of incentive workers
This is important in providing quality jobs for employees.
It is important to an improvement in the tax benefits.
It would help families with low and moderate income meet their needs (National Women’s Law Center, 2019).
The lawmakers are required to make tax code better. This is important in supporting employees and enabling savings and wealth-building by the low and moderate income families. The law makers must ensure availability of incentive workers to offer quality jobs for employees. The lawmakers must ensure an improvement in the tax benefits. This is important in helping families with low and moderate income meet their needs.
Gale, W. G., Gelfond, H., Krupkin, A., Mazur, M. J., & Toder, E. J. (2019). Effects of the tax cuts and jobs act: A preliminary analysis. National Tax Journal, 71(4), 589-612.
Kopp, E., Leigh, M. D., Mursula, S., & Tambunlertchai, S. (2019). US investment since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. International Monetary Fund. National Women’s Law Center. (2019, December). Two Years Later: The Impact of the 2017 Tax on Women & Families. Retrieved from https://nwlc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/TCJA-anniversary-updated-factsheet-Copy.pdf