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Are US Billionaires Really Paying A Lower Tax Rate Than Working People? Probably Not.
Economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman of the University of California at Berkeley have a new book that has generated an enormous amount of attention...
October 11, 2019
Anybody Can Itemize Their Deductions. But Most Don’t Want To
It is sometimes said that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) ended the ability of millions of taxpayers to claim itemized deductions, and...
September 5, 2019
The Three Numbers To Know About The TCJA In 2018
As tax filing season came to an end, lots of people wanted to know how much the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) affected 2018...
April 18, 2019
Tax Day Is Here, And State Budget Offices Share Your Fears And Hopes For A Good Return
With Tax Day here, taxpayers are scrambling to finish up their returns—both federal and state (that is, if their state has an individual income tax)...
April 15, 2019
The Income Tax Makes Life Simpler, Really
As April 15 approaches, it is fashionable to complain about how complicated the tax system is. And it is. But it’s time to recognize that,...
April 12, 2019
William G. Gale
House Democrats May Soon Ask For Trump’s Tax Returns But What Should They Request?
House Ways & Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-MA) reportedly is about to make a formal request for 10 years of President Trump’s tax returns...
March 7, 2019
Steven M. Rosenthal
How To Turn Tax Refunds Into Savings
The ongoing flap over tax refunds has once again highlighted a serious issue: Americans use tax withholding from their paychecks as a major savings tool...
February 22, 2019
Making Sure Gig Workers Pay The Right Amount of Tax
For all the attention being lavished on the gig economy, we still have much to learn about those who are working in it. But we...
October 30, 2018
Extending The TCJA Would Cut Revenue By $3.8 Trillion Through 2038, Mostly Benefit The Well-Off
The House Republican plan to make permanent the individual income and estate tax provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) would add almost...
September 12, 2018
The IRS Audit Rate is Plummeting. Does It Matter?
The IRS has reported that its overall audit rate is continuing to fall , especially for businesses and high-income individual taxpayers. The Service audits less...
April 2, 2018
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