Topic: About TaxVox

A Fuller Accounting of How State and Local Governments Fared in the Great Recession

By :: February 4th, 2015

For state and local finance geeks, nothing is more fun than poring over the Census Bureau’s Census of Governments. The agency only updates the data every five years, so imagine my excitement when it released its latest version (for 2012) just a few months ago. Although Census and other agencies release some state and local […]

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A Look at the Territorial Tax Systems in Four Countries Finds No Magic Bullets

By :: January 22nd, 2015

It is an article of faith among many tax reformers that the U.S. should shift from a worldwide tax system to a territorial regime in which U.S.-based multinational corporations pay U.S. tax only on their domestic income.  Such a step would reduce or eliminate tax on the dividends these firms receive from their foreign affiliates. […]

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President Obama Targets the "Angel of Death" Capital Gains Tax Loophole

By :: January 18th, 2015

The President plans to announce in Tuesday’s State of the Union Address new proposals that would raise taxes on capital gains for the wealthiest Americans. The proposal would raise the top tax rate on long-term gains and qualifying dividends to 28-percent (including the Affordable Care Act’s 3.8 percent investment income surtax on high-income taxpayers). The […]

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What To Make of the Senate Finance Committee’s Tax Reform Workgroups

By :: January 15th, 2015

The Senate Finance Committee has created five bipartisan working groups to develop ideas for comprehensive tax reform by the end of May.  It is a good idea. But it is unlikely to accelerate the panel’s timetable for producing legislation. The task forces won’t develop many new ideas. Let’s be honest: For the most part, when it […]

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TPC’s New 2015 Digital Look

By :: January 7th, 2015

As you might have noticed, the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center website just had a makeover. It’s the beginning of a process that will make our careful nonpartisan analysis more engaging and easier to find and use. First, we have designed a new logo and have given TaxVox a new look. And you will begin to […]

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House GOP Leadership Would Require Dynamic Scoring of Some Tax Bills. Will It Matter?

By :: December 24th, 2014

Last night, the House Republican leadership proposed new rules that would require the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office to incorporate macroeconomic effects of “major” legislation into their official budget estimates. But there may be less to these new rules for so-called “dynamic scoring” than meets the eye. The GOP did not […]

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A Repatriation Tax Holiday for US Multinationals? Four Contagious Illusions

By :: December 10th, 2014

U.S.-based multinationals hold $2.1 trillion in foreign cash and insist that the only way they can feasibly bring that money back home is if Congress grants them a tax holiday—an idea that even President Obama now appears to support. But the argument they (and the President) are making for a holiday is based on a […]

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Don’t Count the Feds Out Yet

By :: December 9th, 2014

In a provocative Washington Post column, Brookings Institution scholar Bruce Katz argues that the federal government is becoming irrelevant — especially to cities and regions where most Americans live and most economic activity takes place. While Bruce rightly identifies some areas where the feds are fading, he overstates the phenomenon. The federal government remains the […]

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How To End the Tax Extender Drama: Stop Calling Them Extenders—And Make Congress Pay For Them

By :: December 2nd, 2014

There are two simple ways to end the tiresome seasonal drama over faux-temporary tax cuts known (with a stunning lack of accuracy) as the extenders. First, call them what they are: Expired tax breaks that have been off the books for nearly a year. Second, make Congress pay for any of the special interest subsidies […]

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The Politics and Policy of Tax Extenders

By :: December 1st, 2014

‘Tis the season for bad tax policy… In what has become an annual ritual, Congress is struggling with what to do with the 70 or so “temporary” tax provisions that expired in 2013 or will expire in 2014. For a brief moment last week, there was word of a deal to make permanent the biggest […]

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