Tax Policy Center


Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
It is time for TaxVox’ s annual Lump of Coal awards for the worst tax ideas (or most depressing tax stories) of 2015. As always, choosing the Top 10 was not easy, but here they are: 10. The Michigan House . Lawmakers tried to pay for new transportation projects by eliminating the state’s earned
December 21, 2015Howard Gleckman
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The Senate’s six-year highway bill inches forward, after dropping a Social Security provision. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won 14 Democrats’ votes for the bill after he agreed to drop a $2.3 billion offset. The money would have come from barring people with felony warrants from getting Social
July 24, 2015Renu Zaretsky
: TaxVox
The House has a short-term patch for the Highway Trust Fund… Late Monday night, the House Ways & Means Committee released a plan to cover the Highway Trust Fund with $8.1 billion through mid-December 2015. The patch would use revenue collected by tightening IRS compliance rules. The House could
July 15, 2015Renu Zaretsky
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
In the classic post-apocalyptic film Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome , those who back out of deals in Tina Turner’s Bartertown face a wheel of fortune to determine their punishment. Hero and road warrior Max busts his deal with her, spins the wheel, and seals his own fate. The huge, lucrative tax
July 1, 2015Renu Zaretsky
State and Local Issues: TaxVox
In about six weeks, federal money to keep the Highway Trust Fund going will once again dry up and Congress will begin its predictable scramble to keep cash flowing to roads, bridges, and transit projects. The reason for the gridlock: Neither Congress nor President Obama is willing to back a gas tax
June 10, 2015Howard Gleckman
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A short road too often traveled. Federal highway funding is due to expire in about two weeks, and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says a temporary extension—the 33rd in six years—would “prolong a dangerous status quo of funding infrastructure at a level that has left our transportation system
May 13, 2015Renu Zaretsky
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Everything is bigger in Texas, except tax relief for its low-income residents. Tax cuts are a sure bet in the Lone Star state this year, but it’s hard to provide tax relief to everybody without a state income tax. TPC’s Richard Auxier explains that Texas’ reliance on sales and property taxes makes
May 7, 2015Renu Zaretsky
: TaxVox
The “doc fix” passes the House. The House overwhelmingly approved the Medicare “ doc fix ” to replace automatic payment cuts (that Congress has delayed every year since 2003) with a temporary 0.5 percent annual hike in physician reimbursements. But the bipartisan deal, which CBO figures would add $
March 27, 2015Renu Zaretsky
: TaxVox
There are tax information troubles for ACA enrollees. When it comes to the Affordable Care Act and filing taxes, “sorting through all the necessary paperwork is hard to do, even for those of us whose day jobs are in tax policy,” writes TPC’s Ellen Steele , a tax-preparing volunteer with Community
February 23, 2015Renu Zaretsky
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Some House GOPers want to help millionaires save for college. Yesterday the House Ways and Means Committee approved a bill to expand the Sec. 529 college savings plan and rejected a Democratic amendment to limit the plans for people earning more than $3 million a year. Bloomberg reports that the
February 13, 2015Renu Zaretsky