Elected officials love to talk about expanding opportunity in America, but few do anything about it. And in a recent report I found that spending for those federal programs that do aim to promote opportunity for all, such as work incentives and support for education, are on a path to shrink as a share of government resources.
As you think about the ambitious tax ideas being proposed by this season’s presidential hopefuls, keep this in mind: Sometimes, far-reaching tax policy ideas outlive the candidacies of those who promote them. Long after their races are distant memories, ideas that opponents mock in the heat of an
After the Tax Policy Center published our analysis of Senator Cruz’s tax plan, the campaign told us that they also intend to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) . This change would modestly increase after-tax incomes of low-income families while increasing the cost of the overall Cruz
If the White House wanted to attract attention to its final budget , it could not have picked a worse day to make it public. With official Washington obsessed with today’s New Hampshire primary, the 2017 budget barely caused a ripple. In case there was any question about its fate on Capitol Hill,
Congress has banned more low-income families who file erroneous tax returns from receiving refundable credits. If lawmakers think this is such a terrific idea, why stop at low-income households? For instance, why shouldn’t Congress bar trade associations from claiming tax-exempt status if they file
For years, Congress has struggled with what to do with scores of temporary tax breaks that have come to be known as the “tax extenders .” The usual resolution: Lawmakers fiddle for months. Then, sometime in December, they mindlessly continue the immortal mostly-business tax breaks for another year
Last night’s GOP presidential debates ( here’s a transcript of the main event) highlighted some important tax policy contrasts among the candidates. One thought refundable credits are conservative economic policy while another did not. Nearly all would preserve deductions for mortgage interest and