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Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
CBO’s new budget projections are an opportunity to take stock of the country’s fiscal situation. At the risk of oversimplifying, the report contains one piece of good news, and two of bad news. The bottom line: The sky is not falling but policymakers have fallen short of solving the long-term
January 27, 2015William G. Gale
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Last night, the House Republican leadership proposed new rules that would require the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office to incorporate macroeconomic effects of “major” legislation into their official budget estimates. But there may be less to these new rules for so-
December 24, 2014Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Treasury closed the financial books on fiscal 2014 last week. As my colleague Howard Gleckman noted , the top line figures all came in close to their 40-year averages. The $483 billion deficit was about 2.8 percent of gross domestic product, for example, slightly below the 3.2 percent average of
October 20, 2014Donald Marron
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Yesterday, the Treasury Department reported that the deficit for Fiscal Year 2014, which ended on Sept. 30, fell to $483 billion, or about 2.8 percent of Gross Domestic Product. This being Washington, the report was hailed as either an enormous success or dismissed as meaningless. Who is right? Is
October 16, 2014Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Lending programs create special challenges for federal budgeting. So special, in fact, that the Congressional Budget Office estimates their budget effects two different ways. According to official budget rules, taxpayers will earn more than $200 billion over the next decade from new student loans,
September 29, 2014Donald Marron
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
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Over the next decade, the individual income tax will be the fastest growing source of federal revenue, according to new estimates by the Congressional Budget...
February 6, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Effective tax rates have been rising since 2009 and will continue to rise for a few more years before they flatten out, according to Tax...
December 12, 2013Roberton C. Williams
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
There is lots of buzz around Washington about whether a laundry list of expiring tax provisions could be the key to a modest budget agreement...
November 7, 2013Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
What’s going to happen on October 18 if Congress doesn’t vote to increase the debt limit? Probably nothing. Make no mistake, Washington is still wading...
October 15, 2013Howard Gleckman