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


Can States Boost Growth By Cutting Top Individual Tax Rates?

By :: May 4th, 2015

States can generate powerful economic growth by cutting income tax rates. That, at least, is the theory behind a recent wave of tax cuts, or proposed tax cuts, around the country. Kansas has cut taxes repeatedly in recent years. So has Wisconsin. In Maine, Governor Paul LePage vows to repeal his state’s income tax entirely.  […]

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ACA Tax Filing Was Surprisingly Painless, But Not For All

By :: April 29th, 2015

It turns out that the first year of tax filing for people who have Affordable Care Act health insurance subsidies was a lot easier than the first year of enrolling in the online exchanges. In contrast to the ACA’s maiden open enrollment season, the initial process of settling up incorrect subsidies was a relative breeze. […]

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A Small But Important Change in Retirement Savings Rules

By :: April 27th, 2015

Earlier this year, the Obama Administration proposed a small and almost unnoticed change in retirement savings rules that could be a big help to middle-income seniors who want to preserve assets to pay for medical and long-term care costs in very old age. The proposal would exempt those who have $100,000 or less in retirement […]

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Could a Carbon Tax Finance Corporate Rate Cuts?

By :: April 23rd, 2015

How about using revenue from a carbon tax to help pay for corporate tax rate cuts? That’s the idea proposed yesterday by Rep. John Delaney (D-MD). His political calculation: Democrats would back the bill as a way to reduce carbon emissions and slow climate change. Republicans would support the plan to cut corporate tax rates […]

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Tax Cuts for Low- and Moderate Income Households May Be Much More Powerful Than Cuts for the Rich

By :: April 21st, 2015

It turns out that tax cuts for the job creators…don’t create very many jobs. By contrast, tax cuts for low- and moderate-income households can boost economic growth. Those are the results of an interesting new working paper by Owen Zidar for the National Bureau of Economic Research. Zidar, an assistant economics professor at the University […]

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Rubio Tries to Triangulate Tax Policy

By :: April 16th, 2015

Newly declared GOP presidential hopeful Senator Marco Rubio is trying something truly (Bill) Clintonesque—navigating between the demands of his party’s base and a more centrist, forward-looking political agenda. Nowhere is it more obvious than in tax policy. And nowhere is the road ahead more risky for his presidential ambitions. In March, Rubio and fellow senator […]

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Busting Myths for Tax Day

By :: April 14th, 2015

Since Tax Day is tomorrow, it seems like a good time to bust a few myths about taxes. Here are five of the biggest misperceptions about the federal revenue code. Most of the info comes from two sources: the Tax Policy Center’s Tax Topics (a trove of great information about who pays what) and the […]

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What Will Happen To Voluntary Tax Compliance If a Budget-constrained IRS Is Not Fixed?

By :: April 9th, 2015

Is the IRS such a mess that the nation’s system of voluntary tax compliance is at risk? Will frustrated taxpayers rebel because they can’t get help with a revenue code they can’t understand? Will aggressive taxpayers who recognize that audit rates have plummeted to the lowest levels in years further push the tax-avoidance envelope?  And […]

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One Solution to California’s Drought: Tax Water

By :: April 7th, 2015

The idea is straight out of Economics 101: If you want people to do less of something, raise the price. And California desperately needs its residents and businesses to use less water. So rather than trying to curb water use through a complex maze of regulation, why not just raise the price though a new […]

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For Most Households, It’s About the Payroll Tax, Not the Income Tax

By :: April 2nd, 2015

While policymakers obsess about the income tax, they often lose sight of an important detail: For two-thirds of households, the levy that matters most is the payroll tax. According to a new report by the Joint Committee on Taxation, the 80 million tax filers making $40,000 or less will collectively pay no federal income tax and many […]

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