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Will The Supreme Court Use A Fishing Dispute To Curb Treasury and IRS Tax Rules?
Is the US Supreme Court fishing for a way to upend decades of judicial deference to tax rules issued by the IRS and Treasury? The...
September 14, 2023
The IRS Misses Its Deadline For Completing A Plan To Spend $80 Billion In New Money
Yes, I’ve known for months that my taxes are due by April 18. But I’m changing tax preparers. And I’m really busy at work. And...
February 22, 2023
New GAO Report Underscores Importance of Better Data To Study Race and Taxes
While the federal income tax system may appear “colorblind” or race-neutral to some, it can mitigate or exacerbate racial inequities . Unfortunately, the IRS does...
June 2, 2022
Five Tax Questions to Ask When Looking at President Biden’s Budget
President Biden on Friday is set to unveil his first full budget along with Treasury’s Green Book, which will provide the first detailed look at...
May 27, 2021
The Road To Abusive Tax Shelters Is Paved with Good Intentions
Conserving nature—not paving over it—is "pretty cool," so much so that our tax code has for decades offered an tax incentive to do it through “conservation easements.” But a certain kind of scam has taken that incentive to another level entirely.
September 2, 2020
Federal Budget and Economy
Remembering Ed Kleinbard
The tax community this week is mourning the loss of University of Southern California law professor Edward D. Kleinbard. Ed previously served as Chief of...
July 2, 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
The Trump Administration Is Looking At Tax Breaks And Other Ways To Boost Private Long-Term Care Insurance
The Trump Administration is (very quietly) looking at ways to reinvigorate the flagging private long-term care (LTC) insurance market. The recommendations are expected to surface...
May 24, 2019
To Help Close The Tax Gap The IRS Should Focus On Small Business Compliance, Not EITC Claimants
Although overall IRS audit rates are remarkably low (less than one percent), returns claiming an EITC are twice as likely to be audited as those...
March 14, 2019
Robert A. Weinberger
OMB Review Of Tax Regulations: A ‘Dispassionate Second Opinion’ Or Needless Sand In The Gears?
The Treasury Department and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently agreed that OMB would review many tax regulations before they are released, a...
September 17, 2018
Leonard E. Burman
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