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#BlackTaxpayersMatter - CARES Act Failures, COVID-19 & Communities of Color


Cost Free
CPE Credits 2.0 hours
CE Credits 0.0 hours
Subject Area Specialized Knowledge
Course Level Basic
Instructional Method Group Internet Based
Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Course Description


Families of color are disproportionately facing greater challenges from COVID-19. These families are not only more likely to contract and die from the disease, but they are more likely to have family members who have lost jobs, work hours or work-related income. Recent data indicate that 57 percent of Latinx households and 41 percent of Black households have suffered these hardships as compared to only 38 percent of white households. As a result of these and other COVID-19 issues, more than 45 percent of Black and Latinx families reported they have suffered a financial hardship in the last month. This is almost twice the rate of hardship reported by white households who are more likely to have liquid savings, assets, and credit to draw upon than their neighbors of color.

There are many aspects of economic injustice including racial discrimination that have brought us to this place in history. Given the national uprising against racial violence, which itself has links to economic injustice, there is no more urgent time than now to ask what can we do to change racial economic injustice? Tax systems can deliver justice when properly structured.

Our expert panel proposed structural remedies that the CARES Act has not delivered. Notably, tax and constitutional law scholars will discuss pending federal litigation regarding the denial of Economic Impact Payments for families of mixed immigration status.


Francine Lipman

University of Nevada
William S. Boyd Professor Of Law, Las Vegas

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Professor Francine J. Lipman brings to the Boyd School of Law an exceptional record as an accountant, a lawyer, a teacher, and a scholar. After working as a CPA in an international accounting firm and as the Chief Financial Officer for a chain of retail jewelry stores, Professor Lipman turned to law where she served as the Editor in Chief of the UC Davis Law Review and was recognized as an Outstanding Law Student and a member of the Order of the Coif. Following a similarly stellar record in NYU’s Graduate Tax Law Program, where she was a Tax Law Review Scholar, she practiced law with O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Irell & Manella LLP. Professor Lipman joined the faculties of Chapman University’s School of Business and Economics in 2001 and the School of Law in 2003. Professor Lipman is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Tax Counsel, and the American Bar Foundation, and an editor and former committee chair for the Tax Section of the American Bar Association.


Steven Brown

Urban Institute
Research Associate
(202) 833-7200

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Kreg Steven Brown is a research associate in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population and the Research to Action Lab at the Urban Institute. His work covers projects concerned with racial disparities in economic opportunity. His primary research focuses on employment, examining racial and gender differences in career pathways, barriers in access to work, and gaps in wages and earnings. Previously, he conducted research on segregation and homeownership and access to affordable housing.


Donnie Charleston

Urban Institute
Director, State and Local Fiscal Policy Engagement
(202) 833-7200

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Donnie Charleston is director of state and local fiscal policy engagement at the Urban Institute. His work focuses on translating research for decisionmakers and translating the needs and priorities of state policymakers for Urban’s researchers, especially for Urban’s State and Local Finance Initiative. This program helps state and local policymakers improve their budget processes to meet the challenges of today’s economy. Charleston also works with other Urban initiatives as the organization seeks to innovate its engagement protocols and approaches.

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Robert Friedman is Senior Counsel at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection. Immediately prior to joining ICAP, he served as the Relman Civil Rights Fellow at Relman, Dane & Colfax. Robert previously clerked for Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Southern District of New York as well as practiced as an associate at a law firm in New York City. Robert received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a comments editor on the Law Review, and his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.

Leslie Book

Villanova University
Professor of Law
(610) 519-4500


Professor Book joined the Villanova Law School the Fall of 2000, where he is a Professor of Law. While at Villanova, Professor Book was Director of the Federal Tax Clinic from 2000-2007, Director of the Graduate Tax Program from 2007-2014 and Director of the Online Graduate Tax Program from 2013-2015. Prior to coming to Villanova, he was an Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of the Low Income Tax Clinic at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, CT.

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