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Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
If 2012 was the year of modest economic recovery and surprising Democratic election success, 2013 may be the year of perpetual fiscal policy crisis. After...
December 27, 2012Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Yesterday, I described President Eisenhower’s remarkable success in turning a large deficit in fiscal 1959 into a balanced budget in 1960. It was one of...
December 18, 2012Rudolph G. Penner
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
You can tell when Congress and the President have tough choices to make. That’s when they trot out the euphemisms—all aimed at making what they...
November 13, 2012Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
How much will you pay in Social Security and Medicare taxes over your lifetime? And how much can you expect to get back in benefits?...
November 5, 2012C. Eugene Steuerle
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
I get the impression that many Americans believe Medicare is financed like Social Security. They know that a portion of payroll taxes goes to Social...
June 15, 2012Donald Marron
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Last week I argued that budgeting for Medicare's hospital insurance program is flawed . Today, I offer two ways to fix it (and reject a...
May 18, 2012Donald Marron
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
The recent double-counting dispute isn’t just about politics; it also reveals a flaw in budgeting for Medicare Part A. Budget experts are waging a spirited...
May 9, 2012Donald Marron
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
In a new study , Chuck Blahous, who is a public trustee for Medicare and Social Security, concludes that the 2010 health law will add...
April 10, 2012Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
There is more to the Affordable Care Act than the individual mandate. There are also, for example, taxes. And since this is TaxVox, I thought...
March 29, 2012Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Why do we bother with government trust funds? As the Senate’s just-passed highway bill proved yet again, Congress is turning these funds into little more...
March 16, 2012Howard Gleckman