Because of new legislation, the Advance EIC program will no longer be available after this year. I don't have the $88/mo to spare. The government ultimately saves no money doing this, and I get to suffer just so they can have more money upfront throughout the year.
I was already planning to cancel my cell phone next week and use the upcoming tax return to pay off a year of cell service for the one remaining phone my wife has. Now instead of that move making our finances easier, it becomes essential to keep us afloat.