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Votes and Consequences

With Congress away, the Daily Deduction will not publish for the rest of the week. We’ll be back as usual on Monday, December 1. Happy Thanksgiving!   In California, a tax increase breeds a budget battle and tuition hike. In 2012, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown successfully campaigned for reelection and Proposition 30: A tax increase […]

Executive Privilege, Budget Consequences, and Rolling with the Taxes

Shutdown, Omnibus Spending, Continuing Resolution: So many choices in the wake of an Executive Action. The newly emboldened GOP (or is it?) has several options when responding to last night’s executive order on immigration issued by President Obama. After its Thanksgiving break, Congress will have until December 11 to decide. One thing is clear: more […]

New Chairs, New Resistance, and Maybe, New Taxes

As expected: Paul Ryan will succeed Dave Camp as House Ways & Means Chair. Representative Kevin Brady removed himself from consideration earlier this week, though he had more committee seniority. The full House GOP conference approved its  Steering Committee’s chairmanship recommendations, including Jason Chaffetz  to replace Darrell Issa on the Oversight and Government Reform panel […]

“Dead Reform Walking:” On Fairness, Immigration, and Spending

A Senator says “no way” to a bill that won’t see December’s light of day. As far as the lame-duck Congress is concerned, the Marketplace Fairness Act is dead: House Speaker John Boehner assured as much last week. Senator Ted Cruz has added his two cents (tax-free)  insisting it is  the “height of lunacy” to […]

In Search Of… Tax Savings, Near or Far

Inversion is the gift that keeps on giving for Actavis. Last year the pharmaceutical company reincorporated from its Parsipanny, New Jersey, home to Ireland, after a $5 billion deal with Warner Chilcotte. This year, before Treasury’s inversion curbs took effect, it purchased New York-based Forest Laboratories for $25 billion for tax savings. And today, in […]

How Quickly Can Lame Ducks Move Before the Holidays?

On the Hill this week: House Republicans will choose either Paul Ryan or Kevin Brady to be the next Ways & Means Committee chair. But Ryan would have to give up the gavel if he chooses to run for president, according to a new party rule approved last week. Meanwhile, senior tax writing committee members […]

A Billionaire Saves, Two Words Disappear, and Three Provisions Protect

There’s more than one way to skin a cat (and reduce taxes). Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, has made a swap for Procter & Gamble’s interest in Duracell. The “cash-rich split-off” means that Berkshire Hathaway bought Duracell in exchange for its appreciated P&G stock, worth $4.7 billion. Capital gains taxes are not incurred since […]

Liability, Math, and Budget Crunches

Can a state tax all of the income of its residents, wherever it is earned? The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in Comptroller v. Wynne. A decision will answer whether residents of one state are liable for taxes on income earned in another state, even if that income has already been taxed. If […]

Clicks, Pumps, Dreams and Time… How Many May See Their Taxes Rise?

Cyber Monday will live to hear another click. Speaker of the House John Boehner has at least temporarily killed the Marketplace Fairness Act. The bill, which would allow states to require out-of-state websites to collect Internet sales tax, passed the Senate last year with bipartisan support. Tax Analysts reports that House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob […]

You Can’t Always Get What You Want, But If You Tax Sometimes…

Taxes are going up in the Windy City… again. The Chicago city council is about to approve a $62.4 million tax hike on everything from parking and auto leases to cable TV and tickets to live sports and entertainment. Yesterday, the City Council’s finance committee approved a host of targeted increases designed to fund the […]