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This brief documents how the US tax system treats the most common forms of equity compensation, including stock, restricted stock units, and stock options. In most cases, these forms of equity compensation are taxed just like cash wages, salaries, and bonuses. Employees pay ordinary income taxes...

October 4, 2017
Donald Marron
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This brief summarizes, individually and jointly, an excise tax on carbon and an expansion of EITC benefits to childless workers. We find that although in principle a carbon tax that lowers wages could affect EITC benefits and thus impact low-to-moderate income households, the likely magnitude of...

July 31, 2017
Aparna Mathur, Adele C. Morris
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This year, Congress will consider what may be the biggest tax bill in decades. This is one of a series of briefs the Tax Policy Center has prepared to help people follow the debate. Each focuses on a key tax policy issue that Congress and the Trump administration may address. This brief...

July 17, 2017
Eric Toder
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On July 11, 2017, we released our analysis of the distributional effects of the tax and health care benefit changes that would occur under the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). On July 13, the Senate leadership introduced a modified version of the bill. Here, we update our previous...

July 15, 2017
Linda J. Blumberg, Matthew Buettgens, John Holahan, Gordon B. Mermin
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The proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) would repeal large portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including most of its sources of revenue, and it would significantly change the Medicaid program and the private nongroup insurance market. We use the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy...

July 12, 2017
Linda J. Blumberg, Matthew Buettgens, John Holahan, Gordon B. Mermin, Philip Stallworth
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The relationship between tax cuts and economic growth has been the subject of much discussion and debate at the state and federal level. A number of states have reduced taxes to spur economic growth. In this article the Brookings Institution’s William G. Gale and Aaron Krupkin, and the Urban...

July 12, 2017
William G. Gale, Aaron Krupkin, Kim S. Rueben
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This brief explores what makes people perceive their taxes as “fair.” We worked with the news website Vox to produce a short quiz about tax knowledge, which we used to test whether drawing readers’ attention to certain aspects of the tax code changed their opinions about the fairness of their...

March 27, 2017
Vanessa Williamson
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This brief discusses the abuse of tax deductions intended to encourage conservation of environmentally friendly land and historic buildings. This abuse is on the rise and a key policy question is whether this tax expenditure represents a good return on the scarce dollars the federal government...

June 1, 2017
Adam Looney
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This year, Congress will consider what may be the biggest tax bill in decades. This is one of a series of briefs the Tax Policy Center has prepared to help people follow the debate. Each focuses on a key tax policy issue that Congress and the Trump administration may address. This brief...

June 15, 2017
Frank Sammartino
Brief

This year, Congress will consider what may be the biggest tax bill in decades. This is one of a series of briefs the Tax Policy Center has prepared to help people follow the debate. Each focuses on a key tax policy issue that Congress and the Trump administration may address. This brief...

June 15, 2017
Frank Sammartino