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


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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The House GOP’s Internal Battle Over Online Sales Taxes

By :: June 16th, 2015

Yesterday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced the Remote Transactions Parity Act, which would clarify how states can require out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax on online purchases. The measure is modeled on a bill sponsored by Mike Enzi (R-WY) and others that overwhelmingly passed the Senate last year. Chaffetz set off a predictable firestorm of […]

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While Washington’s Efforts to Fund Roads Go Nowhere, Red States Are Raising Gas Taxes

By :: June 11th, 2015

In about six weeks, federal money to keep the Highway Trust Fund going will once again dry up and Congress will begin its predictable scramble to keep cash flowing to roads, bridges, and transit projects. The reason for the gridlock: Neither Congress nor President Obama is willing to back a gas tax sufficient to fund the program, and […]

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Obama-Era Tax Reform: RIP

By :: June 8th, 2015

If you still thought there was any chance Congress would pass tax reform before the next election, you can officially abandon hope. In an online interview published Sunday on Morning Consult, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) hammered the last nail in the coffin. Asked about his priorities for the rest of the year, McConnell replied, “We’re […]

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How Many Americans Get Government Assistance? All of Us

By :: June 4th, 2015

The other day, the Census Bureau put out a new report that concluded about one-in-five Americans received government benefits in 2012. But the study, called Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Participation in Government Programs, 2009–2012: Who Gets Assistance, takes a far too narrow view about who gets the help. A more accurate estimate of the share of Americans […]

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What’s Up With the No Climate Tax Pledge?

By :: June 2nd, 2015

Do you know about the No Climate Tax pledge? I didn’t until I read a column over the weekend by the Washington Post’s always-interesting Catherine Rampell. The vow is sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group closely associated with the Koch brothers. And it was something of a big deal a couple […]

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The Perpetual, Immortal, Eternal, Never-Ending Tax Extenders

By :: May 28th, 2015

The magic number for today is 16. That is, remarkably, the number of times Congress has extended the allegedly temporary research and experimentation tax credit since it was first enacted in 1981.  The question for philosophy class (this is far beyond economics) is this: Can something that has been extended 16 times over 33 years […]

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Marco Rubio Wasn't the Only One Who Cashed Out an IRA Last Year

By :: May 26th, 2015

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, he is far […]

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Are GOP Presidential Candidates Downplaying Tax Cuts Or Hiding The Ball?

By :: May 19th, 2015

Last week, I blogged on the many GOP presidential candidates who are talking about tax reform rather than tax cuts. This week, tax historian Joe Thorndike published a rebuttal on the Tax Analysts blog and on Forbes.com. Joe, who is very much in the watch-what-they-do-not what-they-say (WWTDNWTS) camp, noted that while few GOP presidential hopefuls […]

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