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tax reform

Individual Taxes: TaxVox
There are many ways to restructure the tax code. Elected officials often fail to detect opportunity when they adhere in a path-dependent way to one past model of success, such the 1986 tax reform. An alternative approach where even the acclaimed 1986 effort made at best modest progress would focus
April 8, 2015C. Eugene Steuerle
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Maybe it’s just because Congress is on spring break and tax wonks don’t have much to talk about, but suddenly the idea of a consumption tax is getting a new look. The tax plan proposed earlier this month by senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) is one form of the levy. And tax journalists
March 31, 2015Howard Gleckman
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The House GOP Budget: No tax reform details. The House Budget Committee unveiled a budget with $5.5 trillion in spending cuts that promises balance by 2024. Committee Chairman Tom Price is confident the budget will pass the House this week. However, TPC’s Howard Gleckman says there is no chance it
March 18, 2015Renu Zaretsky
: TaxVox
Out today: A first look at GOP budgets. The US hit its debt limit yesterday (at least technically), and the budget battles have begun. The Senate GOP budget resolution reportedly won’t include detailed plans to overhaul entitlement programs—though the House GOP plan may. The Senate Budget panel
March 17, 2015Renu Zaretsky
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On the Hill: Taxpayer protection sought, tax reform input needed. The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing today on protecting taxpayers from scams during the current tax filing season. Yesterday, panel Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden announced their effort to solicit ideas on
March 12, 2015Renu Zaretsky
Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Mike Lee have introduced what should probably be thought of as the first major set of tax proposals in the 2016 Presidential election. While their proposals are unlikely to be enacted, they hint at the troubling direction that tax reform debates seem to be headed
March 11, 2015William G. Gale
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
As TaxVox readers know by now , House Republicans now require the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office to include macroeconomic effects when they produce budget scores of major bills. The GOP hoped this would show that tax cuts would generate so much new economic activity
March 10, 2015Howard Gleckman
Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
The newest entrants in the tax reform sweepstakes are senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mike Lee (R-UT). Their plan is filled with a number of interesting and credible ideas but ducks many important questions. And, while it is not accompanied by a budget score, the elements that it specifies would
March 4, 2015Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
This is one of a series of guest TaxVox blog posts discussing dynamic scoring. The House recently changed the rules of budget scoring: The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation will now account for macroeconomic effects when estimating the budget impacts of major
February 27, 2015Donald Marron
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
It’s been just over a year since I started posting TPC’s Daily Deduction. It’s high time I let you in on a little secret: Whenever I tell people that I write about “tax news and research” I get the exact same reaction. Imagine furrowed eyebrows, coupled with a sad, “Oh.” Every. Single. Time. As a
February 26, 2015Renu Zaretsky