Howard Gleckman

BIO
Howard Gleckman is a Resident Fellow at the Urban Institute and editor of TaxVox. He is author of “Caring for Our Parents,” (St. Martin’s Press), a book on how we deliver and finance long-term care to seniors and adults with disabilities. He was formerly senior correspondent in the Washington bureau of Business Week, a Media Fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation, and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Twitter: @howard_gleckman


How Did the Gas Tax Lose Its Mojo, Even Among Conservatives?

By :: July 27th, 2015

With just a few days left before federal funding for highway programs expires, the Senate is debating all sorts of amendments to an extension– from export subsidies to the Affordable Care Act. But there is one subject it will not debate—the gas tax. Except for a handful of lawmakers, nobody in Congress or the White House […]

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Who Benefits Most From Repealing the ACA Cadillac Tax?

By :: July 23rd, 2015

Republicans and some Democrats in Congress are pressing to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac tax—a 40 percent excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health insurance plans. Backers of repeal argue that curbs on these generous plans would disproportionately hurt low- and middle-income workers. But a new Tax Policy Center analysis shows that story is overstated. In […]

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Hillary Clinton’s Complex, Gimmicky Profit-Sharing Plan

By :: July 21st, 2015

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has offered a new tax subsidy to encourage firms to share profits with their employees. The idea of profit sharing is worth debating, but Clinton’s specific proposal is enormously complicated and depends on budget gimmicks to add up. Her basic idea: Give firms a 15 percent tax credit for each […]

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Should The IRS Become a Consumer Agency Instead of a Tax Cop?

By :: July 16th, 2015

In her latest report to Congress, IRS Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson made the provocative suggestion that her agency completely rethink its mission: “It should transform itself as a tax agency from one that is designed around nabbing the small percentage of the population that actively evades tax to one that aims first and foremost to […]

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Hillary Clinton Outlines Her Play-It-Safe Tax Agenda

By :: July 13th, 2015

In what her campaign billed as a major economic policy speech today in New York, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton outlined her agenda for what she described as a Growth and Fairness Economy. And while she included a number of tax proposals, few were new. Indeed, the speech was most striking for being so conventional. […]

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Finance Committee Working Groups: Tax Reform is Hard

By :: July 8th, 2015

After six months and two extensions, the Senate Finance Committee’s five tax reform working groups presented their reports today to panel chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and top Democrat Ron Wyden (D-OR). For the most part, they reached no consensus on either specific reforms or a broad design for overall reform. There was one exception: The […]

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How Will Congress Fund Roads and Transit?

By :: July 7th, 2015

In 24 days, federal spending authority under the highway trust fund comes to an end. Without legislation to keep the program going and money to finance it, road projects will slow in the midst of high construction season. And where are Congress and the White House on this perennial issue? Nowhere. In late June, after […]

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Who Benefits the Most from an Across-the-Board Cut in Individual Tax Rates?

By :: July 2nd, 2015

Just about every tax reform plan calls for cutting individual tax rates. But it turns out that a one percentage point across-the-board rate cut would benefit only about six out of 10 households. The biggest beneficiaries:  those with the highest incomes. According to a new Tax Policy Center analysis, such a rate cut would add […]

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CBO Has No Idea What Repeal of the ACA Means for the Economy or the Deficit

By :: June 23rd, 2015

This is what the Congressional Budget office really said about the budgetary and economic effects of repealing the Affordable Care Act: It has no idea. That, of course, it not what the political partisans are saying in the wake of CBO’s Friday release of a report on this exceedingly controversial topic. Backers of the law […]

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Rand Paul’s Tax Cut Isn't Quite What It Seems

By :: June 18th, 2015

Unlike those GOP presidential hopefuls who say their tax reforms would raise the same amount of money as the current tax code, even when their actual proposals would not, Senator Rand Paul isn’t being shy. He’s promising a great big fat tax cut (described in this Wall Street Journal  column). And more than that, he’s […]

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