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Len Burman

Individual Taxes: TaxVox
I was 12 when I first heard “Little Red Corvette,” a profoundly racy song by the late musician Prince. I didn’t really understand the lyrics but remember shouting, “I love this song!” Even though English was their second language, my parents caught its meaning and were not fans. I just rolled my eyes, thinking “What’s wrong with a car?”
May 4, 2016Renu Zaretsky
Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
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
April 14, 2016Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
It is easy to mock Senator Marco Rubio, who cashed out $68,241 in IRA retirement funds last September. The GOP presidential hopeful, who made about $230,000 last year, told Fox News he needed the dough to prepare for his campaign, buy a new $3,000 refrigerator, and fix his busted a/c. As it happens
May 26, 2015Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
It turns out that the first year of tax filing for people who have Affordable Care Act health insurance subsidies was a lot easier than the first year of enrolling in the online exchanges. In contrast to the ACA’s maiden open enrollment season, the initial process of settling up incorrect subsidies
April 29, 2015Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
So far, most people with Affordable Care Act insurance subsidies seem to be filing their taxes without huge problems, despite the complexity of the process. However, about half of those who have filed returns with tax prep firm H&R Block and who owe a penalty for not having insurance, have
February 24, 2015Howard Gleckman
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
: TaxVox
Employers can’t “dump” their employees in ACA exchanges. Some large employers hoped to offer tax-free cash to employees to help them pay Affordable Care Act insurance premiums, a cheaper alternative to covering workers directly. But the IRS ruled against that . The penalty for doing so could cost
May 27, 2014Renu Zaretsky
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
In the cover essay in the current issue of The Milken Institute Review , Len Burman calls for a Value-Added Tax (VAT) to pay for government health care costs. Len, the director of Tax Policy Center (and, thus, my boss), argues that a dedicated—and fully transparent--health care VAT would increase
April 24, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
For many years, Michael Graetz, now a law professor at Columbia University, has been promoting a national Value-Added Tax (VAT) that would become the principal levy paid by most Americans. VATs--and similar broad-based consumption taxes--are enormously controversial in the U.S. even though they are
November 26, 2013Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
While you are waiting for Congress and President Obama to decide what they are going to do about the fiscal mess, here an idea: Pick up a copy of Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know , (Oxford University Press, 2013) a valuable new primer on the nation’s wild and crazy revenue system by
November 29, 2012Howard Gleckman