My daughter just finished the fifth grade, and loved learning about the American Revolution. Over the July 4th holiday she explained why the colonists wanted independence: “People didn’t want to have to pay taxes without having a say in their government.” I asked her if the opposite were ever true: Should organizations that enjoy tax-free status, such as churches, lose their political voice?
Top Ways & Means Staffer Janice Mays Surveys The Future of Tax Reform Last week, Politico’ s Brian Faler did a great interview (paywall) with Janice Mays, the long-time Democratic staff director for the House Ways & Means Committee. Janice, who has just retired after a remarkable 40 years
Critics are blasting Donald Trump for saying his tax plan would be open to negotiation should it ever get to Congress. There are plenty of reasons to criticize the presumptive GOP presidential candidate, but a willingness to find a middle ground on an important policy issue should not be one of them. How did stating the obvious become a political sin?
The folks over at the Committee for A Responsible Federal Budget have added up the cost of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s policy platform and how she’d finance it. And, lo and behold, it looks like she’d actually pay for nearly all she wants to do. In contemporary American politics, this is nothing short of amazing.
It is only April and we have heard presidential candidates propose some of the biggest and most ambitious tax plans i n modern US history. Donald Trump is proposing the largest tax cut ever, and Ted Cruz is not far behind. Bernie Sanders has proposed the biggest tax increase since World War II. But
My 11-year-old daughter and I were shopping for sneakers recently, and we wanted to stick to a budget. We found a pair she liked, and we liked the price, too. When I reminded her to add in Michigan’s 6 percent sales tax, she suggested, “They should tell you the sales tax on the price tag. The tax
The Challenges of Modeling Presidential Tax Plans The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget sponsored a fascinating discussion yesterday on estimating presidential candidate tax plans. My Tax Policy Center colleague Len Burman, Kyle Pomerleau of the Tax Foundation, and Bob McIntyre of Citizens
When the Tax Hound began its monthly investigations a year ago, we had the modest goal of making tax policy relevant to the every-day concerns of the average taxpayer. At the time, I was drunk with wonky excitement (if that’s possible). “We elect a new president in a year, and we can help make tax policy matter to the average voter! There’ll be candidate proposals, analyses of those plans… It’ll be great!”