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Individual Taxes: TaxVox
I look forward to the day when the economy is strong enough that we can worry about the gigantic debt left behind by federal relief and recovery efforts.
May 28, 2020Janet Holtzblatt
Campaigns, Proposals, and Reforms: TaxVox
In the face of a looming shutdown of the federal government last week, Congress passed, and the president signed, legislation providing funding through September 30,...
December 23, 2019Safia SayedSteven M. Rosenthal
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
For decades, a guiding principle for many conservatives was that tax cuts not only boost the economy directly but also by shrinking the size of...
February 6, 2018Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Is the US tax code both too small and too progressive? That’s the argument of Alan Viard and Sita Nataraj Slavov of the American Enterprise...
October 25, 2016Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Government redistributes income through tax and spending programs. Nearly everyone pays some tax – be it federal or state income taxes, payroll taxes, or sales...
December 5, 2013Elaine Maag
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Max Baucus and Dave Camp, leaders of the Senate and House tax-writing committees, are on the road promoting tax simplification. One goal: cleaning out the...
July 8, 2013Donald Marron
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
The latest chapter in Washington’s never-ending fiscal drama is about to play out in tomorrow’s sequester--a word most Americans should never have had to learn...
February 28, 2013Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Everyone trying to sort out the fiscal cliff deal is getting hopelessly tangled in budget baselines. Are taxes going up? Or are they going down?...
January 3, 2013Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
My recent post on government size prompted several readers to ask a natural follow-up question: how has the government’s role as employer changed over time?...
August 6, 2012Donald Marron
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Politicians and pundits constantly debate the size of government. Is it big or small? Growing or shrinking? You might hope these simple questions have simple...
July 31, 2012Donald Marron