Archive for the ‘small business’ Category

Making State and Local Taxes “Friendly” to Small Businesses

Small business owners are more concerned with the complexity of state and local tax laws than with the amount of tax they pay, according to a recent survey conducted by Thumbtack.com in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation. Aside from economic conditions, small business owners’ perception of the ease of compliance with licensing, regulatory, […]

Seven Tax Issues Facing Small Business

Today I had the chance to testify before the House Small Business Committee on the many tax issues facing small business. Here are my opening remarks. You can find my full testimony here. America’s tax system is needlessly complex, economically harmful, and often unfair. Despite recent revenue gains, it likely will not raise enough money […]

Let Legal Marijuana Dispensaries Deduct Their Business Expenses

Firms can legally sell medical marijuana in 19 states and the District of Columbia and recreational weed in two. They must pay federal income taxes, but unlike all other businesses they are prohibited from reducing their taxable income by deducting business expenses. It is, to say the least, an odd state of affairs. Almost all […]

Tax Policy Should Consider New Business, Not Small Business

Small businesses occupy an iconic place in the public policy debate and benefit from a broad range of tax and spending subsidies. But the economic issues surrounding small businesses and innovation are complex and nuanced, and not well understood.  We are learning, however, that  if Congress wants to encourage risk-taking, it may be better off […]

The Economics of Corporate Rate Cuts are More Complicated than Politicians Think

It is an article of faith at the White House and among some congressional Republicans that while individual tax reform may be off the table this year, corporate reform remains a reachable goal. Rewriting the corporate income tax, goes the theory, is easier because there is a consensus within the business community to lower rates […]

New Ways to Think About a Tax on Public Companies

Suppose someone proposed a special tax on businesses that make their ownership shares publicly available in affordable, easy-to-sell units. Such an idea would probably generate a lot of push-back. Efficiency advocates might complain that it taxed the very attributes that make equity markets efficient. Progressivity advocates might object on the grounds that it taxed those […]

The very unRepublican Small Business Tax Cut

My Tax Policy Center colleague Eric Toder and I are mystified by how unRepublican the House GOP’s Small Business Tax Cut Act really is. Sure, cutting taxes for businesses and high-income individuals is very much part of the Republican playbook these days. But the mechanics of this one seem to fly in the face of […]

President’s 2013 Budget Would Enable Almost All Americans to Save for Retirement

The new 2013 budget unveiled by President Obama on Monday again contains the Automatic IRA, which was developed by Brookings’ Retirement Security Project in conjunction with The Heritage Foundation. This year’s  version includes an important change that will also encourage more employers to offer a 401(k) account to their workers. However, important changes to the […]

Small Business and Taxes: Not What You Think

In the politics of taxation, nothing may be more controversial than the hot-button issue of small business. But important new research by career staffers at the Treasury Department concludes that there are lots fewer of these firms than many think, they account for only about 17 percent of total business income, and  hire many fewer […]

Small Business and Taxes

 We’ve all heard the allegation: President Obama wants to raise taxes on “small business.”  But buried in that claim is a massive amount of confusion about just what businesses we are talking about, what they do, and how they operate. Fortunately, we may soon get some new information to help sort it out.  My Tax […]