Tag: ‘Brookings Institution’

Better Ways to Link the Affordable Care Act with Tax Filing Season

By :: February 23rd, 2015

The Obama Administration, finally acknowledging the seasonal mismatch between the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment season and the ACA’s tax-based penalties for failing to have insurance, decided on Friday to create a new special enrollment season for this year only.  The new window will allow those who are subject to the penalty for 2014 ($95 […]

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Will Consumers Come To Love Longevity Annuities?

By :: November 4th, 2014

Economists love longevity annuities. But what will it take to get real people to buy them? That’s one of the questions that two panels of retirement experts will tackle at a Brookings Institution event on Thursday. These retirement products work like this: At about age 65 you purchase an insurance policy that promises to pay […]

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Could EPA’s New Greenhouse Gas Rules Open the Door to a State-based Carbon Tax?

By :: June 2nd, 2014

EPA’s proposed tough new standards for power-plant emissions of greenhouse gasses opens the door to new state or regional cap-and-trade systems to limit carbon discharges. It is less clear whether it would go the next step and permit states to impose their own carbon tax. The proposed EPA rules, which Brookings senior fellow Barry Rabe […]

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Three Options for Better Climate Policy

By :: May 28th, 2014

Thanks to a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency has to do something to control them. But the act is ill-suited to controlling a non-toxic global pollutant. The law requires the EPA to set separate emissions guidelines for each category of existing […]

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Should Tax Reform Be Sold on Values Instead of Economics?

By :: March 31st, 2014

Maybe the best way for tax reformers to get political traction is to focus on values, not economics. That, at least, was one take-away from three political scientists who spoke at a Tax Policy Center panel today. Until now, backers of reform have focused primarily on economic arguments: A reformed tax code would increase growth […]

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Mission Impossible? An Upcoming TPC Panel Will Explore the Politics of Tax Reform

By :: March 27th, 2014

Everyone agrees that the tax code is a mess. So why is it so hard for Congress and the President to fix it? On Monday, the Tax Policy Center will host three top political experts who will explain why reform is such a challenge and how backers could overcome its hurdles. It won’t be easy. […]

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TPC’s Upcoming Leadership Change

By :: March 20th, 2013

Dear readers, we have two big pieces of TPC news today. First, I will be moving upstairs (both figuratively and literally) as the Urban Institute’s first director of economic policy initiatives, starting in June. I’ve loved my time at TPC, but this is a great chance to work with colleagues throughout Urban on an even […]

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Why Romney’s Tax Agenda Doesn’t Add Up, Even if it Isn’t a Middle-Class Tax Hike

By :: August 2nd, 2012

A new paper by Brookings Institution scholars and Tax Policy Center colleagues Bill Gale, Adam Looney, and Samuel Brown is generating lots of media buzz. Even Barack Obama has put his spin on it with a campaign ad that says if you are middle class, Mitt Romney wants to raise your taxes by up to $2,000 even as he […]

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Is the U.S. Tax System Fair?

By :: May 3rd, 2012

These days, some people want to impose a new Buffett tax on millionaires while others are outraged that low income people pay no income taxes at all and still others want to cut taxes on “job creators.” All in the name of fairness. Is the tax code fair? Should it be? It all depends on what […]

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