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Individual Taxes: TaxVox
My dad taught a teenage me an important lesson when he helped me file my first federal income tax return. I earned the minimum wage at a part-time job, and didn’t have to file. But he explained that I should file, knowing my effort would be rewarded. “You don’t earn enough to owe income taxes,” he
May 6, 2015Renu Zaretsky
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The IRS and the ACA: Working hard and working well. The IRS, thanks to years of preparation since the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, has managed the current tax filing season smoothly, according to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen , even with new ACA burdens and IRS budget cutbacks . “It's
April 13, 2015Renu Zaretsky
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Pot tax refunds for all in Colorado? Colorado’s controversial Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) says that the state cannot keep more tax revenue than it expected to collect in the year it levies a new tax. Colorado is on track to collect an extra $219 million in revenue in the current fiscal year and
March 3, 2015Renu Zaretsky
Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
President Obama’s latest tax package, which he’ll unveil in detail next week along with his new budget, would lower taxes for low-income households and significantly raise taxes for the highest income 1 percent—those making $663,000 or more, according to new Tax Policy Center estimates . Middle-
January 28, 2015Howard Gleckman
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“ Oh, what a night …” but no shut down. Ted Cruz and a handful of allies succeeded in delaying the Senate vote on the 2015 budget, but they couldn’t stop it. The $1.1 trillion spending bill was approved late Saturday night by a vote of 56-40 . And three months into the fiscal year, most of the
December 15, 2014Renu Zaretsky
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
In the end-of-the-year congressional scramble, lawmakers scuttled an effort to permanently extend a number of tax breaks—largely because many feared it would open the door to widespread use of refundable tax credits by undocumented immigrants covered by President Obama’s recent executive order. But
December 12, 2014Elaine Maag
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Tax Expirers: On to the Senate. On a roughly party-line vote, the House restored 55 expired tax provisions and extended them for… three weeks. Now the Senate gets to decide whether to go along or to amend the bill, most likely by extending the measures through 2015. And the world turns… Shouldn’t
December 4, 2014Renu Zaretsky
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Coming soon to a theater near you: The House embraces a one-year “tax extender” package. It would restore retroactively for 2014 tax breaks affecting all manner of taxpayers—from research-heavy corporations, multinationals, teachers, commuters, and green energy producers, to NASCAR race tracks
December 3, 2014Renu Zaretsky
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Dave Camp on tax reform: “It can be done.” Retiring House Ways & Means Chair Dave Camp remains optimistic . The Hill reports that a deal to extend expiring tax breaks could give Camp’s successor, Paul Ryan, a chance to secure broad GOP support for a tax reform plan. About that tax extender deal
December 1, 2014Renu Zaretsky
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A Senator says “ no way ” to a bill that won ’ t see December ’ s light of day. As far as the lame-duck Congress is concerned, the Marketplace Fairness Act is dead: House Speaker John Boehner assured as much last week . Senator Ted Cruz has added his two cents (tax-free) insisting it is the “height
November 19, 2014Renu Zaretsky