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Will Tax Reform See Light at the End of the Next Tunnel?

Jack Lew on corporate inversions: “Action is going to be taken.” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says that ”any company considering an inversion is now on notice that there is action that is going to be taken.” Administrative curbs would limit the economic benefits of inversions but only congressional action could solve the inversion problem entirely, […]

A Hail Mary or Two on the Hill

Congress is not quite “ready for some football.” With trouble in the Middle East, an Ebola outbreak in Africa, and mid-term elections, the National Football League’s tax-exempt status is not high on the Congressional to-do list. That’s not keeping some senators from trying to repeal it. Washington Democrat Maria Cantwell wants to punish the NFL […]

Havens Abroad, Shelters Ashore

No more tax havens abroad? The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released its plan to limit corporate tax avoidance. All 34 OECD members plus 10 other countries including China and Russia have approved the proposals, though each nation must still implement them. The recommendations are designed to “ensure the coherence of corporate income taxation […]

Income Inequality and Time for State Action

Income inequality may shrink state tax revenues. A new report from Standard & Poor’s tells the tale. Incomes have grown rapidly among the wealthy, but have barely kept pace with inflation for many others. But high income earners both shelter their income from taxes and save more, reducing  state income and sales tax revenues. As […]

Taxes Take Center Stage This Week—At Least on the House Floor

Shutting down talk of a shutdown… The House is expected to vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government—including the IRS—through December 11. The resolution would include an extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act, which bars states from taxing Internet access. Unless Congress acts, the law expires November 1. Tax extenders are scheduled […]

Tax Policy in September: Racing to a Grinding Halt?

Have it your way… unless you’re Burger King. Five Senate Democrats—Illinois’ Dick Durbin, Michigan’s Carl Levin, Rhode Island’s Jack Reed, Vermont’s Bernie Sanders and Ohio’s Sherrod Brown—asked Burger King to not move its legal headquarters to lower-tax Canada. They accused it of trying to avoid paying its fair share for roads and other public services […]

Rules, Reform, Taxes and Wealth: No Harm in Trying?

Maybe the duck will walk again? Lawmakers are putting down their markers on anti-inversion legislation. Top Senate Democrats Dick Durbin and Chuck Schumer have introduced a bill to curb “earnings-stripping” by multinational corporations—a practice where firms maximize U.S. tax deductions for interest payments and other business costs while shifting income to low-tax countries. Senate Finance […]

The Amazing [Anti-Inversion] Race

There’s tougher talk from Treasury. Secretary Jack Lew affirmed administrative authority to curb inversions, telling Bloomberg that “If Congress doesn’t act, we have to take the steps we can, which will reduce the economic value of inversions.” There’s more talk on the Hill, too. Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden wants to “continue to work […]

Inversions, Loopholes, Taxes and TIFs: What’s a Revenue Service to Do?

Inversions: The waiting is the hardest part. At yesterday’s TPC event Treasury Secretary Jack Lew promised an anti-inversion decision “soon,” but committed to no other details. While everybody agrees corporate inversions are done largely to avoid taxes, does Treasury have the authority to prevent them? If so, should it? New York University’s Sally Katzen, Harvard’s […]

Business Tax Reform: Will Patience Be a Vice?

Treasury speaks on business tax reform at TPC. Tune in this morning. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will address business tax reform and will be followed by a panel discussion on corporate inversions, a US tax avoidance strategy. The panel includes Sally Katzen of the NYU School of Law, TPC’s Steven Rosenthal, John Samuels of General […]