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Treasury Now Will Send Coronavirus Payments To Social Security Beneficiaries Without Income Tax Returns. That May Be Bad News For Many.
Last night, the, the Treasury Department announced it was reversing course and would make direct coronavirus rebate payments to Social Security beneficiaries even if they...
April 2, 2020
Treasury Struggles With CARES Act Rebates To Social Security Beneficiaries
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act promises that low-income Social Security beneficiaries will automatically get their $1,200 COVID-19 rebate, but new guidance...
April 1, 2020
Free File Is An Easy Way For Government To Get Coronavirus Payments To Non-Filers
The federal government’s new coronavirus payments to adults and children will provide much-needed cash to 90 percent of US households. Unfortunately, tens of millions of...
March 30, 2020
How Soon Can The IRS Get Coronavirus Payments Out The Door?
During last month’s Democratic presidential debate, moderator Gayle King asked the candidates what motto guided their lives. If Oprah’s best friend ever asks me, I...
March 25, 2020
Six Reasons Why Trump’s Plan To Delay Tax Filing Won’t Help The Coronavirus Economy
President Trump says he wants to allow “certain” people and businesses to delay tax filing in an apparent effort to stabilize the economy in the...
March 12, 2020
Charitable Giving Appears To Have Fallen In 2018, Despite Treasury Claims
On March 3, the Treasury Department put out a press release saying that 2018’s charitable giving “appeared largely unchanged from previous years,” despite a “concern...
March 6, 2020
C. Eugene Steuerle
Are Tax Breaks For Non-Profits And Their Donors Worth Saving?
The special tax treatment Congress has granted to non-profits and tax deduction it gives their donors are broken. So broken, in fact, that it is...
February 20, 2020
Budget Blues For Tax Administration
The fiscal 2020 budget signed into law December 20 is a big disappointment for tax administration, continuing the over 20 percent inflation-adjusted decline in IRS...
January 13, 2020
Robert A. Weinberger
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
Balancing Hate, The First Amendment, And Tax-Exempt Status
Is hate speech constitutionally protected? Do groups that express hate in their words and deeds deserve tax-exempt status? Is the IRS equipped to judge what...
September 25, 2019
Robert A. Weinberger
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