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Daniel Baneman

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The statutory rate structure of the federal individual income tax the number and width of brackets and the level of rates has changed significantly over time, as has the distribution of taxpayers across rates. This article examines how the top statutory marginal tax rate changed at various...

March 6, 2012
Daniel BanemanJames R. Nunns
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Tax expenditures on average raise after-tax incomes more for upper-income than for lower-income taxpayers. As a share of income, special rates for capital gains and dividends and itemized deductions provide the largest benefits for taxpayers in the top 1 percent of the income distribution,...

February 3, 2012
Daniel BanemanEric Toder
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This paper takes a broad look at tax expenditures in the context of revenue raising tax reform. It first reviews how tax expenditures have changed over the past 25 years and provides estimates of the distribution of tax savings resulting from tax expenditures today. The paper then examines three...

January 31, 2012
Daniel BanemanJoseph RosenbergEric ToderRoberton C. Williams
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The federal individual income tax has had many more brackets and much higher rates in the past than it does today. In 1958, for example, there were 24 brackets (versus 6 today) and the top rate was 91 percent (versus 35 percent today). The impact of more brackets and higher rates on taxpayers...

October 12, 2011
Daniel BanemanJames R. Nunns
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Currently, taxpayers can deduct interest on up to $1 million in acquisition debt used to buy, build, or improve their primary residence or a second designated residence. In addition, taxpayers can deduct interest on up to $100,000 in home equity loans or other loans secured by their properties...

August 16, 2011
Daniel BanemanHang NguyenJeffrey RohalyEric Toder
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This analysis measures the revenue and distributional impacts of three proposals to limit tax expenditures for higher-income households: the Obama Administration's plan to cap the value of itemized deductions at 28 percent; an effective minimum tax (EMT) to ensure that tax liability is at least...

August 2, 2011
Daniel BanemanJames R. NunnsJeffrey RohalyEric ToderRoberton C. Williams
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Many taxpayers can lower their taxable income by itemizing deductions, which in turn lowers tax liability. Itemized deductions reduce tax burdens for taxpayers with decreased ability to pay taxes, such as those experiencing a catastrophic loss, or for taxpayers who spent funds on activities the...

January 20, 2011
Daniel BanemanBenjamin H. Harris

This article examines the economic benefits of alternative minimum tax reform relative to the current policy baseline. The authors find that AMT reform can lead to improved progressivity, greater efficiency, and a lessened compliance burden while raising an equal amount of revenue.

December 1, 2010
Benjamin H. HarrisDaniel Baneman
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Originally posted November 16, 2010. Updated on November 18, 2010, to include analyses in which only the income tax expenditures are eliminated but payroll tax expenditures remain. Updated again on November 24, 2010, to include an additional option that would retain 80 percent of the tax...

November 10, 2010
Eric ToderDaniel Baneman