Topic: Tax Proposals

Should Governments Tax Unhealthy Foods and Drinks?

By :: December 14th, 2015

With obesity and diabetes at record levels, many public health experts believe governments should tax soda, sweets, junk food, and other unhealthy foods and drinks. Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, and Mexico have such taxes. So do Berkeley, California and the Navajo Nation. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is waging a high-profile campaign to get Britain to […]

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Reforming the Child Tax Credit for Low-Income Workers

By :: December 9th, 2015

Congress could significantly help low-income families with children by making current eligibility rules for the Child Tax Credit (CTC) permanent. If lawmakers allow the current threshold to expire as scheduled after 2017, families with children in the lowest income quintile will lose almost $700. Over the past few years, members of Congress from both sides […]

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Another Way to Slow Corporate Inversions: Collect an Exit Tax on U.S. Firms with Deferred Earnings

By :: November 30th, 2015

Pfizer’s recent decision to merge with Irish drugmaker Allergan generated headlines as the latest, and biggest, example of an inversion—where a U.S.-based firm combines with a foreign firm in order to save U.S. taxes (by sidestepping deferred U.S. tax liabilities and shifting income to the lower-tax jurisdiction in the future).  Sometimes, the U.S. firm will […]

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Despite Promises, Jeb Bush’s Tax Plan Wouldn’t Eliminate Marriage Penalties

By :: September 16th, 2015

GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush offered a tax plan last week that he says “eliminates the marriage penalty.” But it may not help many low-income working families. A married couple is penalized if it pays more tax filing a joint return than if each spouse could file individually. Conversely, marriage bonuses occur when marriage lowers […]

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Bush’s tax plan: Something old, something new

By :: September 10th, 2015

Jeb Bush has put forth a tax plan that is ambitious in design, comprehensive in scope, and fairly detailed for this stage of the campaign.  In contrast to some of the wilder ideas that permeate the tax debate among Republicans, Bush’s proposal offers many interesting structural changes worthy of substantive and reasonable discussion, but the […]

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Hillary Clinton’s Off-the-Mark Proposal to Encourage More Patient Investors

By :: July 28th, 2015

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has proposed to radically rejigger top capital gains tax rates to encourage investors to take a longer-term perspective. But I think she’s misdiagnosed the problem and, even if she’s right, the proposal won’t work as she expects. Her idea: Give investors a tax incentive to support productive long run investments […]

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One Avenue to Bipartisan Tax Reform: Simplification and Improved Tax Administration

By :: April 8th, 2015

There are many ways to restructure the tax code. Elected officials often fail to detect opportunity when they adhere in a path-dependent way to one past model of success, such the 1986 tax reform.  An alternative approach where even the acclaimed 1986 effort made at best modest progress would focus on making tax code simpler […]

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Dynamic Scoring Forum: Three Things You Should Know About Dynamic Scoring

By :: February 27th, 2015

This is one of a series of guest TaxVox blog posts discussing dynamic scoring. The House recently changed the rules of budget scoring: The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation will now account for macroeconomic effects when estimating the budget impacts of major legislation. Here are three things you should know as […]

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Are Accrued Capital Gains Income in the Year You Die?

By :: February 2nd, 2015

The Tax Policy Center’s tables showing the distribution of President Obama’s new income tax proposals indicate that some middle-class households would pay more tax than under current law. The Administration says they wouldn’t. The reason is that TPC and the White House disagree over what counts as income. The dispute centers on the President’s proposal […]

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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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