Tax Policy Center

capital gains

Business Taxes: TaxVox
The issue of government regulation promulgated by unelected officials is central to many of today’s political and policy debates. It has surfaced in the confirmation...
September 21, 2018C. Eugene Steuerle
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Most capital income earned by the wealthy never is taxed at the individual level, in part because assets are often not sold and their gains...
September 6, 2018C. Eugene Steuerle
Business Taxes: TaxVox
The idea of indexing capital gains for inflation is getting a lot of attention these days. Larry Kudlow, who heads the White House National Economic...
August 22, 2018C. Eugene Steuerle
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In response to my post attempting to shoot down the Trump Administration’s trial balloon re capital gains indexation, a financial advisor wondered if I might...
August 3, 2018Leonard E. Burman
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The Trump Administration reportedly is thinking about using its executive authority to redefine capital gains so only returns from the sale of assets in excess...
July 31, 2018Leonard E. Burman
Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
The Trump Administration and some congressional Republicans, including Ways & Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX), are promising Tax Bill 2.0 later this year—perhaps in...
June 7, 2018Howard Gleckman
Business Taxes: TaxVox
The most problematic provision of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) may be its 20 percent deduction for qualified business income (QBI) of owners...
June 4, 2018Eric Toder
Business Taxes: TaxVox
National Economic Council chair Larry Kudlow reportedly wants the IRS to redefine capital gains to include only returns from the sale of assets in excess of inflation. Were it feasible, it would make sense to measure all income and expense in real terms. But indexing capital gains alone by executive fiat would make no sense. It would cut capital gains taxes by up to $20 billion a year for the richest Americans and open the door to a raft of new, inefficient tax shelters. And it would do all this without the approval of Congress.
May 10, 2018Leonard E. Burman
State and Local Issues: TaxVox
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included a new federal incentive—Opportunity Zones—to spur investment in poor and undercapitalized communities. These incentives could become the nation’s...
March 27, 2018Brett Theodos
Business Taxes: TaxVox
Republican leaders have several challenges to overcome before they can pass a big tax bill. Here are two: (1) They need revenue to pay for...
October 11, 2017Robert McClelland