August 2, 2017
When the middle class was suffering from the ravages of the Great Depression, demagogues of the right and left blamed easy scapegoats and offered populist...
August 2, 2017
Oregon, one of five states with no sales tax, just passed an excise tax on bicycles to help fund trail maintenance and improvement. That decision generated a good bit of controversy, and as a bicycle-riding, trail-loving taxpayer, I wondered why a bicycle tax that supports bicycle trail use is so contentious.
August 1, 2017
Senate Democrats today reached out, after a fashion, to their Republican colleagues over tax reform. They said they’d be willing to work on bipartisan legislation...
August 1, 2017
Last week, President Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced that Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, a major supplier of LCD screens to Apple, would receive $3...
July 31, 2017
Like other forms of income, long-term capital gains and qualified dividends are taxed at graduated rates. Long-term capital gains and qualified dividends, however, receive preferential...
July 27, 2017
In a joint statement , top Trump Administration officials and congressional Republican leaders formally announced what most observers have known for months: The destination-based cash...
July 27, 2017
A new “dynamic” analysis (one that includes macroeconomic effects) finds that tax cuts consistent with what the Trump Administration outlined in April would reduce federal...
July 27, 2017
If you want to get tax economists riled up, there’s no better topic than the “Laffer Curve.” Even after decades of controversy, it underlies many...
July 25, 2017
The House Freedom Caucus wants to eliminate the Budget Analysis Division at the Congressional Budget Office and rely on outside research organizations, including the Urban...
July 20, 2017
The chaos surrounding Senate efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act will prolong the debate over what Republicans will do about the nearly $1 trillion...