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Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
If the White House wanted to attract attention to its final budget , it could not have picked a worse day to make it public. With official Washington obsessed with today’s New Hampshire primary, the 2017 budget barely caused a ripple. In case there was any question about its fate on Capitol Hill,
February 8, 2016Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Congress has banned more low-income families who file erroneous tax returns from receiving refundable credits. If lawmakers think this is such a terrific idea, why stop at low-income households? For instance, why shouldn’t Congress bar trade associations from claiming tax-exempt status if they file
January 7, 2016Howard Gleckman
Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
It is hard not to notice that while policymakers are talking tax reform they are walking tax deform. The more they vow to lower tax rates and eliminate targeted tax preferences (close loopholes in Congress-speak), the more bills they push to create new subsidies or juice up old ones. Yesterday, the
February 12, 2015Howard Gleckman
: Daily Deduction
Senator Hatch: The rich may pay more under tax reform but he won’t raise their rates. The Finance Committee Chairman said after yesterday’s hearing that while he would not raise rates on upper-income taxpayers, those folks might have to give up some favorite tax preferences in order to achieve
February 11, 2015Renu Zaretsky
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
In his upcoming budget, President Obama will propose to strip away the “loopholes” that permit wealthy individuals to accumulate large amounts in tax-favored retirement plans. He would prohibit a taxpayer from contributing any more to IRAs or other qualified retirement plans once his or her
January 28, 2015Steven M. Rosenthal
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
And now, for a lighter look at tax extenders, here’s a song that borrows the tune of The Sound of Music’s “My Favorite Things.” If you’re looking for something more serious, check out Len Burman’s TaxVox thoughts on the issue . My Favorite (Expired) Tax Breaks Special deductions of teachers’
December 1, 2014Roberton C. Williams
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Nearly one-third of all federal tax expenditures--$384 billion in 2013 alone-- is aimed at various forms of asset building, such as retirement savings, higher education, and home ownership. Yet, according to research by several of my Tax Policy Center and Urban Institute colleagues, these tax
October 7, 2014Howard Gleckman
Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
Give House Ways & Means Committee Chair Dave Camp (R-MI) all the credit in the world for years of hard work developing his tax reform plan . Just don’t look too hard at the blueprint, which he released this afternoon. On one level, it is a serious framework for reform. For individuals, it would
February 26, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
When Lyndon Johnson declared his War on Poverty 50 years ago this month, he could not have imagined how many battles would be fought through the Tax Code. In the ‘60s and early ‘70s, the safety net was built almost entirely on spending programs. Back then, policymakers created Medicare, Medicaid,
January 16, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Who benefits from the tax credits, deductions and exclusions that have become such an integral part of the modern tax code? Nearly all of us. And that’s why any tax reform that eliminates or scales back many of these preferences in return for lower tax rates is so hard to do. The Tax Policy Center
December 19, 2013Howard Gleckman