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Affordable Care Act

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The Rubio-Lee tax reform plan: Interesting, very expensive, and DOA. The GOP senators offer a framework for a huge tax cut that would add trillions to the debt over the next ten years while moving the revenue code towards a consumption tax. TPC did a preliminary analysis of an early version of the
March 5, 2015Renu Zaretsky
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Tax reform: Go big or go home, or at least, not very far. TPC’s Len Burman says that senators Marco Rubio’s and Mike Lee’s proposal to eliminate the tax on capital gains would do more harm than good. The senators argue that it’s a step toward a consumption tax. But Len thinks some small steps aren’
March 4, 2015Renu Zaretsky
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Pot tax refunds for all in Colorado? Colorado’s controversial Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) says that the state cannot keep more tax revenue than it expected to collect in the year it levies a new tax. Colorado is on track to collect an extra $219 million in revenue in the current fiscal year and
March 3, 2015Renu Zaretsky
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
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High-income households can worry even less about being audited this year. Last year, the IRS audited just 7.5 percent of households earning more than $1 million in 2013. That’s the lowest share since 2009 . Its overall individual audit rate was 0.86 percent, the lowest since 2004. The IRS budget
February 25, 2015Renu Zaretsky
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
So far, most people with Affordable Care Act insurance subsidies seem to be filing their taxes without huge problems, despite the complexity of the process. However, about half of those who have filed returns with tax prep firm H&R Block and who owe a penalty for not having insurance, have
February 24, 2015Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
The Obama Administration, finally acknowledging the seasonal mismatch between the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment season and the ACA’s tax-based penalties for failing to have insurance, decided on Friday to create a new special enrollment season for this year only . The new window will allow
February 23, 2015Howard Gleckman
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There are tax information troubles for ACA enrollees. When it comes to the Affordable Care Act and filing taxes, “sorting through all the necessary paperwork is hard to do, even for those of us whose day jobs are in tax policy,” writes TPC’s Ellen Steele , a tax-preparing volunteer with Community
February 23, 2015Renu Zaretsky
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Several of us at the Tax Policy Center volunteer with Community Tax Aid to help low-income people file their taxes. We’ve had a chance to see, first-hand, how the Affordable Care Act is affecting tax filing. This is the first filing season when taxpayers must navigate the new provisions of the ACA
February 19, 2015Ellen Steele
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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