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Individual Taxes: TaxVox
The AHCA’s Tax Changes And Transfers Would Benefit The Wealthy, Hurt The Lowest Income Households The House Republican health plan—the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—would...
March 22, 2017Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
In the face of widespread criticism of the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax on high-cost employer sponsored health insurance plans ( the Cadillac Tax ), some lawmakers have backed an alternative: a cap on the current tax exclusion for employer contributions to health insurance. To learn how the two
October 22, 2015Howard Gleckman
State and Local Issues: TaxVox
If you are not an energy dependent state, things ought to be pretty good, at least in the short-term. The economy is improving, though slowly, The Rockefeller Institute reported this morning that state tax revenues grew by 5.8 percent in the first quarter of this year and by 7.6 percent in the
September 17, 2015Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
It is easy to mock Senator Marco Rubio, who cashed out $68,241 in IRA retirement funds last September. The GOP presidential hopeful, who made about $230,000 last year, told Fox News he needed the dough to prepare for his campaign, buy a new $3,000 refrigerator, and fix his busted a/c. As it happens
May 26, 2015Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
So far, most people with Affordable Care Act insurance subsidies seem to be filing their taxes without huge problems, despite the complexity of the process. However, about half of those who have filed returns with tax prep firm H&R Block and who owe a penalty for not having insurance, have
February 24, 2015Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Nearly one-third of all federal tax expenditures--$384 billion in 2013 alone-- is aimed at various forms of asset building, such as retirement savings, higher education, and home ownership. Yet, according to research by several of my Tax Policy Center and Urban Institute colleagues, these tax
October 7, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
The tax subsidy for employer-sponsored health insurance is huge. Not only are the premiums exempt from income tax, they are also immune from Social Security payroll tax. The two subsidies combined will add more than $1.6 trillion to the deficit over the next five years alone. But because that
May 8, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Back in November, I suggested that tax prep firms might be a useful portal for low-income people to get insurance coverage through the Affordable Care...
February 20, 2014Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
What’s going to happen on October 18 if Congress doesn’t vote to increase the debt limit? Probably nothing. Make no mistake, Washington is still wading...
October 15, 2013Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
The latest flap over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act involves the ability of the IRS to verify the income people use to calculate...
July 16, 2013Howard Gleckman