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tax extenders

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Treasury calls for quick Congressional action, because Congress is known to be… quick. Secretary Jack Lew asked top congressional tax writers to act now to end corporate inversions, and make such legislation retroactive to May of this year, giving Congress time to reform the corporate tax system .
July 17, 2014Renu Zaretsky
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Nice piece by Tax Notes reporter Lindsey McPherson describing the recent history of the tax extenders. Four take-aways: There is always last-minute drama over bringing them back, most are repeatedly extended, they are almost never paid for, and they are frequently rolled into a bigger bill. In 2004
July 16, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) deserve enormous credit for having the courage to do what few of their colleagues would: Propose to pay for transportation projects by raising the gas tax. It’s too bad they’d ruin such a sensible, straight-forward idea with a ridiculous budget
June 19, 2014Howard Gleckman
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As expected, the House passed more tax extenders. The House voted to make permanent $75.2 billion worth of tax breaks yesterday—small business expensing of up to $500,000 in qualifying equipment per year, and rules regarding basis adjustments to the stock of S corporations making charitable
June 13, 2014Renu Zaretsky
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This week: The House will vote on tax extenders. In his June policy memo to House Republicans, Majority Leader Eric Cantor notes that there will be votes on three tax extender bills this week. The bills would make permanent (1) small business expensing of up to $500,000 in qualifying equipment per
June 9, 2014Renu Zaretsky
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The House Ways and Means Committee marks up a bill restoring more expired tax breaks tomorrow. On the table: a measure making bonus depreciation for business investment permanent and reforming the tax treatment of some charitable giving. Bloomberg reports that the tax panel will consider whether to
May 28, 2014Renu Zaretsky
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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
The latest example of why bipartisanship is not necessarily good: A bill proposed by senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Pat Roberts (R-KN) to require the IRS to hire private debt collectors. The last time Congress made the IRS try this, the agency lost money. It was a terrible idea then and it is a
May 22, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
The other day, the House Ways & Means Committee voted to cut taxes for certain businesses by $310 billion. Washington, being Washington, is now in the midst of a partisan debate over whether this is in fact a tax cut or, conversely, whether failing to cut those business levies would be a tax
May 1, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Egged on by business lobbyists, congressional tax writers seem increasingly interested in allowing firms to rapidly write off the cost of their capital investments. Especially in the House, lawmakers would allow small businesses to expense the full cost of their investments in the year they are
April 17, 2014Howard Gleckman