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tax reform

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 budget proposal, President Obama would raise capital gains taxes as a way to finance middle class tax relief. Along with many Republicans, he also supports tax rate cuts for business and efforts to prevent multinational corporations from avoiding U. S. taxation. This raises an intriguing
February 6, 2015C. Eugene Steuerle
Business Taxes: TaxVox
The tax proposals in President Obama’s 2016 budget combine two interesting ideas for international reform with his often-stated--but still vague-- goal of a broad-based corporate tax overhaul. First, the framework: Obama has once again proposed cutting the corporate tax rate to 28 percent from the
February 4, 2015Howard Gleckman
Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
After President Obama proposed, and rapidly abandoned, a plan to curb the tax advantages of Sec. 529 college savings accounts, several wise observers, including my friend David Wessel at Brookings, saw an object lesson for broad-based tax reform. To wit: If lawmakers can’t ditch a single $1 billion
January 30, 2015Howard Gleckman
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
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
The House has instructed the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office to factor in the macroeconomic effects of tax law changes when calculating the official budget score of revenue bills. But are existing models up to the task of what’s commonly called dynamic scoring? A
January 26, 2015Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
It is an article of faith among many tax reformers that the U.S. should shift from a worldwide tax system to a territorial regime in which U.S.-based multinational corporations pay U.S. tax only on their domestic income. Such a step would reduce or eliminate tax on the dividends these firms receive
January 22, 2015Howard Gleckman
: TaxVox
The State of the Union: Tax reform depends on where you are sitting. In his State of the Union Address last night, President Obama called on Congress to address wealth inequality through the tax code, largely by increasing the capital gains tax and imposing a bank tax to fund tax relief for middle-
January 21, 2015Renu Zaretsky
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
In his state of the union address, President Obama laid out his vision for the tax code. Earlier in the day , in a speech to the Chamber of Commerce, Senate Finance Committee chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) described his. They are not only on different planets. They inhabit different galaxies. Obama wants
January 20, 2015Howard Gleckman