Tax Policy Center

VAT

Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
Would you be willing to swap a new, broad-based consumption tax for your employer’s share of the Social Security and Medicare payroll tax? According to...
July 6, 2016Howard Gleckman
Business Taxes: TaxVox
Just about everyone wants to redesign the corporate tax, but there is little agreement among lawmakers or policy analysts on how to pay for such a reform. At a Senate Finance Committee hearing today , Tax Policy Center co-director Eric Toder urged lawmakers to think beyond the traditional cut-the-rates, broaden-the-base solution.
April 26, 2016Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Senator Marco Rubio would convert the income tax into a progressive consumption tax, an ambitious idea that would eliminate the income tax’s penalty on saving. However, a new Tax Policy Center analysis finds that Rubio’s version would slash federal tax revenues by $6.8 trillion over the next decade
February 10, 2016Howard Gleckman
: TaxVox
Bernie Sanders: Medicare, and tax increases, for all. The Democratic presidential hopeful proposed a $1.38 trillion universal health care plan and the tax hikes aimed to pay for it, just before Sunday’s Democratic debate. Sanders would impose a 2.2 percent income-based premium on all households,
January 19, 2016Renu Zaretsky
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
At last night’s GOP debate, Senator Marco Rubio accused Ted Cruz of sneaking a value-added tax (VAT) into his tax reform plan. RUBIO: Here is the one thing I'm not going to do. I'm not going to have something that Ted described in his tax plan. It's called the value-added tax. And it's a tax you
January 14, 2016Leonard E. Burman
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
: TaxVox
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
: TaxVox
What’s a nation to do with as-yet-untaxed US multinational corporate income? The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analyzes what a repatriation tax holiday might mean for the US economy. In short: it wouldn’t help. The Business Roundtable , a group of corporate chief executives, doesn’t want
June 20, 2014Renu Zaretsky
: TaxVox
Appreciation for depreciation is really, really expensive. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the House Ways and Means Committee easily approved permanent restoration of bonus depreciation for capital investment yesterday. The Committee’s party-line vote would make permanent a measure to let companies write
May 30, 2014Renu Zaretsky
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
For many years, Michael Graetz, now a law professor at Columbia University, has been promoting a national Value-Added Tax (VAT) that would become the principal levy paid by most Americans. VATs--and similar broad-based consumption taxes--are enormously controversial in the U.S. even though they are
November 26, 2013Howard Gleckman