Tax Policy Center

Barack Obama

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The State of the Union: Tax reform depends on where you are sitting. In his State of the Union Address last night, President Obama called on Congress to address wealth inequality through the tax code, largely by increasing the capital gains tax and imposing a bank tax to fund tax relief for middle-
January 21, 2015Renu Zaretsky
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
In his state of the union address, President Obama laid out his vision for the tax code. Earlier in the day , in a speech to the Chamber of Commerce, Senate Finance Committee chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) described his. They are not only on different planets. They inhabit different galaxies. Obama wants
January 20, 2015Howard Gleckman
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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
Business Taxes: TaxVox
The latest narrative making the rounds in Washington is that President Obama will kill prospects for tax reform in 2015 if he grants legal status to undocumented immigrants though an executive order. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and others claim that this step will so poison the well of trust
November 18, 2014Howard Gleckman
Business Taxes: TaxVox
In the run-up to next week’s congressional elections, Republicans are saying that if they win control of the Senate, they will try to pass business tax reform as part of an ambitious “we can get things done" agenda. Is there any possibility that a GOP-controlled Congress could rewrite the business
October 28, 2014Howard Gleckman
Business Taxes: TaxVox
Washington is going through another one of its periodic calls for business tax reform. But new research by my Tax Policy Center colleague Joe Rosenberg shows just how hard it is to separate business taxation from the individual tax code. And it should serve as a warning to those who think Congress
October 2, 2014Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Without changes in the law, health care, Social Security, and interest on the debt will eat up 85 percent of all new federal government spending over the next 10 years, according to the latest estimates by the Congressional Budget Office. By contrast, CBO expects most of the rest of government,
August 28, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
President Obama and many congressional Democrats argue that U.S.-based multinational firms are being unpatriotic by moving their corporate addresses overseas in order to reduce their taxes. Obama even implied they are “corporate deserters.” These are powerful, emotionally-charged allegations. But
July 29, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
The Bring Jobs Home Act is a classic message bill. Its Democratic sponsors have no interest in making it law, they merely see it as a way to boost the party’s Senate candidates in part by forcing Republicans to vote against something that sounds like a good idea. After all, who could be against
July 24, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Congress and corporate America are in a dangerous and mutually destructive race: The more lawmakers threaten to ban the practice of inversions—where U.S. based multinationals merge with foreign firms to lower their tax bill-- the more firms race to complete the deals while they can. The more deals
July 17, 2014Howard Gleckman