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Affordable Care Act

Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Several of us at the Tax Policy Center volunteer with Community Tax Aid to help low-income people file their taxes. We’ve had a chance to see, first-hand, how the Affordable Care Act is affecting tax filing. This is the first filing season when taxpayers must navigate the new provisions of the ACA
February 19, 2015Ellen Steele
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Some House GOPers want to help millionaires save for college. Yesterday the House Ways and Means Committee approved a bill to expand the Sec. 529 college savings plan and rejected a Democratic amendment to limit the plans for people earning more than $3 million a year. Bloomberg reports that the
February 13, 2015Renu Zaretsky
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An Obamacare replacement? Senate Finance Committee chair Orrin Hatch, House Energy and Commerce chair Fred Upton, and GOP Senator Richard Burr have released their health reform plan, called the Patient CARE Act. The proposal, similar to a bill Hatch and Burr introduced last year, would repeal the
February 6, 2015Renu Zaretsky
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House GOP on the President’s tax proposals: “Meh.” House Ways and Means Chair Paul Ryan told Treasury Secretary Jack Lew yesterday that “You have gradually, grudgingly taken a few steps in my opinion in the right direction… It’s progress… Not a lot. But we’ll take it.” Ryan and his colleagues
February 4, 2015Renu Zaretsky
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Up next week: The President’s Budget. President Obama will release his budget for fiscal year 2016 on Monday. The plan would increase spending above the sequester limits of the Budget Control Act of 2011. Steep cuts were triggered in 2013 when Congress failed to reach a budget deal, but were then
January 30, 2015Renu Zaretsky
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TPC shows how President Obama would redistribute income from the rich to the poor. The President will release his budget next week, and with it, a tax plan analyzed by the Tax Policy Center . TPC’s Howard Gleckman explains that under the plan, after- tax income would increase by about $175 in 2016
January 29, 2015Renu Zaretsky
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Is dynamic scoring ready for prime time? At a TPC-Hutchins Center program yesterday, backers and critics debated whether congressional scorekeepers should include macroeconomic effects of tax changes when doing a budget score. They disagreed, of course, but did agree that if the tool is used, it
January 27, 2015Renu Zaretsky
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The White House plans to release its budget on February 2. It would be the first time since 2010 that the Administration would meet the deadline for the roll-out. The Hill reports that the OMB hopes such timeliness will restore some discipline to an old and broken-down process . Broken down perhaps
January 9, 2015Renu Zaretsky
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
So much has changed. Yet, when it comes to taxes, so much has not. Republicans have taken control of Congress and now hold governorships in 31 states. The U.S. economy is finally on solid ground. And presidential hopefuls are gearing up for the 2016 election. But for all that, the top tax stories
January 6, 2015Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Scrambling to make a last-minute charitable donation to beat the New Year’s Eve deadline for a 2014 tax deduction? Take a deep breath and ask yourself, “Why am I going through this craziness now?” Why is an activity that is largely (though not entirely) tax-motivated built around the end of the
December 30, 2014Howard Gleckman