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


The Medicare “Doc Fix” That Isn’t

By :: March 26th, 2015

As you listen to House Democrats and Republicans sing kumbaya  over their bipartisan agreement to fix the Medicare physician payment system, keep one thing in mind: The doc fix doesn’t fix much, and what it does repair likely will add hundreds of billions of dollars to the debt in coming years. The bill would accomplish one […]

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Trying to Square the House’s Tax Cuts and Its No-Tax-Cut Budget

By :: March 19th, 2015

DOA budgets are hardly new. But House tax writers seem to be ignoring their own party’s fiscal plan. The House Budget Committee’s fiscal framework would not change expected revenues over the next 10 years.  While it recommends enormous (though unspecified) spending cuts in an attempt to eliminate the deficit over the next decade, tax revenues […]

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The House GOP Budget As Can Opener: An Impossible Task and A New Lesson in Dynamic Budget Scoring

By :: March 17th, 2015

Two takeaways from the House Budget Committee’s 2016 fiscal plan: A) It is impossible and B) It is the latest example of the challenges of trying to include macroeconomic effects of tax and spending choices in budget scoring. Let’s start with A.  Like most budget resolutions, this one builds only a broad fiscal framework to […]

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Watch What You Wish For: Dynamic Scoring Creates More Issues for the GOP

By :: March 10th, 2015

As TaxVox readers know by now, House Republicans now require the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office to include macroeconomic effects when they produce budget scores of major bills. The GOP hoped this would show that tax cuts would generate so much new economic activity that they’d lose much less revenue than […]

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The Rubio-Lee Tax Reform Plan Raises Important Issues But Would Add Trillions to the Debt

By :: March 4th, 2015

The newest entrants in the tax reform sweepstakes are senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mike Lee (R-UT).  Their plan is filled with a number of interesting and credible ideas but ducks many important questions. And, while it is not accompanied by a budget score, the elements that it specifies would add trillions of dollars to […]

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States Want To Cut Taxes Even More on Pensions. Bad Ideas Never Die.

By :: March 4th, 2015

The siren song of retirement income free of state taxes continues to seduce politicians. No matter that there is little evidence that high taxes on pension income drive away seniors, or that few older people move from one state to another for any reason at all. No matter that tax-free retirement income benefits the rich […]

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So Far, Affordable Care Act Users Are Managing Tax Filing, Many Uninsured May Use New Enrollment Period

By :: February 24th, 2015

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 expressed interest in purchasing exchange coverage, […]

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Better Ways to Link the Affordable Care Act with Tax Filing Season

By :: February 23rd, 2015

The Obama Administration, finally acknowledging the seasonal mismatch between the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment season and the ACA’s tax-based penalties for failing to have insurance, decided on Friday to create a new special enrollment season for this year only.  The new window will allow those who are subject to the penalty for 2014 ($95 […]

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Tax Vox Will Host an Online Policy Forum on Dynamic Scoring

By :: February 19th, 2015

The House vote to require the Congressional Budget Office and the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation to include macroeconomic effects in some official budget scores is enormously controversial in the policy world and among economists. To help unpack this complex issue, Tax Vox has asked several budget and tax experts to present their views on this process, known as dynamic […]

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Lawmakers Talk Tax Reform But Keep Pushing New Tax Subsidies

By :: February 12th, 2015

It is hard not to notice that while policymakers are talking tax reform they are walking tax deform. The more they vow to lower tax rates and eliminate targeted tax preferences (close loopholes in Congress-speak), the more bills they push to create new subsidies or juice up old ones. Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee created three new tax […]

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