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Individual Taxes: TaxVox
The Obama Administration, finally acknowledging the seasonal mismatch between the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment season and the ACA’s tax-based penalties for failing to have insurance, decided on Friday to create a new special enrollment season for this year only . The new window will allow
February 23, 2015Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Economists love longevity annuities. But what will it take to get real people to buy them? That’s one of the questions that two panels of retirement experts will tackle at a Brookings Institution event on Thursday. These retirement products work like this: At about age 65 you purchase an insurance
November 4, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
EPA’s proposed tough new standards for power-plant emissions of greenhouse gasses opens the door to new state or regional cap-and-trade systems to limit carbon discharges. It is less clear whether it would go the next step and permit states to impose their own carbon tax. The proposed EPA rules,
June 2, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Thanks to a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency has to do something to control them. But the act is ill-suited to controlling a non-toxic global pollutant. The law requires the EPA to set separate emissions
May 28, 2014Adele C. Morris
Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
Maybe the best way for tax reformers to get political traction is to focus on values, not economics. That, at least, was one take-away from three political scientists who spoke at a Tax Policy Center panel today. Until now, backers of reform have focused primarily on economic arguments: A reformed
March 31, 2014Howard Gleckman
Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
Everyone agrees that the tax code is a mess. So why is it so hard for Congress and the President to fix it? On Monday, the Tax Policy Center will host three top political experts who will explain why reform is such a challenge and how backers could overcome its hurdles. It won’t be easy. As
March 27, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Dear readers, we have two big pieces of TPC news today . First, I will be moving upstairs (both figuratively and literally) as the Urban Institute’s first director of economic policy initiatives, starting in June. I’ve loved my time at TPC, but this is a great chance to work with colleagues
March 20, 2013Donald Marron
Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
A new paper by Brookings Institution scholars and Tax Policy Center colleagues Bill Gale, Adam Looney, and Samuel Brown is generating lots of media buzz. Even Barack Obama has put his spin on it with a campaign ad that says if you are middle class, Mitt Romney wants to raise your taxes by up to $2,
August 2, 2012Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
These days, some people want to impose a new Buffett tax on millionaires while others are outraged that low income people pay no income taxes at all and still others want to cut taxes on “job creators.” All in the name of fairness. Is the tax code fair? Should it be? It all depends on what you mean
May 3, 2012Howard Gleckman