Tag: ‘Affordable Care Act’

Estimates and the Economy: Let the Buyer Beware

By :: June 24th, 2015

The CBO, the ACA, and the economy: Precision doesn’t mean accuracy. Last Friday, the Congressional Budget Office projected that repeal of the Affordable Care Act would add $137 billion to the national debt over 10 years but boost the economy. But the estimates came with a big warning: “[R]epealing the ACA could in fact reduce […]

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CBO Has No Idea What Repeal of the ACA Means for the Economy or the Deficit

By :: June 23rd, 2015

This is what the Congressional Budget office really said about the budgetary and economic effects of repealing the Affordable Care Act: It has no idea. That, of course, it not what the political partisans are saying in the wake of CBO’s Friday release of a report on this exceedingly controversial topic. Backers of the law […]

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When does “repeal” mean “reform?”

By :: June 19th, 2015

Another presidential candidate floats a flat tax, but would it sink under its own weight? This time it’s GOP contender Rand Paul. He’d replace the tax code with 14.5 percent in federal tax on all personal income, including wages, investment income, and rents. He’d repeal the Social Security and Medicare payroll tax but tax wages […]

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Wishes, Dreams, and Bittersweet Denials

By :: May 14th, 2015

Be careful what you wish for. Businesses have backed an overhaul of the US tax code for quite some time, but their tune changes when it comes to corporate tax reform in other countries. The Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project, or BEPS, is an effort by  the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to […]

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Plans, Priorities and Promises

By :: April 30th, 2015

The GOP calls for Affordable Care Act repeal in its budget resolution. The 10-year plan would cut planned spending by more than $5 trillion, retain the $1.017 trillion sequestration budget ceiling for 2016, and increase off-budget military spending. It would also use budget reconciliation to try to repeal the ACA. The plan is non-binding, but […]

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ACA Tax Filing Was Surprisingly Painless, But Not For All

By :: April 29th, 2015

It turns out that the first year of tax filing for people who have Affordable Care Act health insurance subsidies was a lot easier than the first year of enrolling in the online exchanges. In contrast to the ACA’s maiden open enrollment season, the initial process of settling up incorrect subsidies was a relative breeze. […]

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Deals, Deferrals, and Saving

By :: April 28th, 2015

The GOP is putting the finishing touches on the first budget resolution in a decade. The Hill reports that an agreement could be voted on by the end of the week. The Associated Press reports that the final resolution will reportedly drop the House provision to move part of Medicare to a premium-support program by […]

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Revenues and Rate Hikes: What’s an Elected Official to Do?

By :: April 22nd, 2015

There’s a revenue surge in California. The state is exceeding its 2013 tax collections and beating 2014 forecasts. The Franchise Tax Board netted $7.6 billion in personal income taxes between April 1 and this past Monday. It collected $6 billion during the same period in 2014. The state’s school funding formula will direct nearly all […]

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Death and Taxes: Certainty and Conflict

By :: April 16th, 2015

The House plans a vote to repeal the estate tax today. Repealing the levy would cut taxes by $270 billion over 10 years for 0.2 percent of the nation’s richest estates. The White House and Democrats are vehemently opposed. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that 5,400 estates will face the GOP-named “death tax” in […]

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Tax Season: It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

By :: April 13th, 2015

The IRS and the ACA: Working hard and working well. The IRS, thanks to years of preparation since the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, has managed the current tax filing season smoothly, according to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, even with new ACA burdens and IRS budget cutbacks. “It’s amazing what the IRS can […]

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