Tag: ‘capital gains’

Cutting Capital Gains Taxes is a Dead End, Not a Step on the Road to a Consumption Tax

By :: March 3rd, 2015

One of the most useful insights of public economics is the “theory of second best.” The idea is that adopting some but not all of the features of optimal policy—the seminal article on the subject called this “piecemeal policy recommendations”—may actually make the economy less efficient. A great example is the argument for eliminating taxes […]

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The President’s Capital Gains Proposals: An Opening for Business Tax Reform?

By :: February 6th, 2015

In his budget proposal, President Obama would raise capital gains taxes as a way to finance middle class tax relief. Along with many Republicans, he also supports tax rate cuts for business and efforts to prevent multinational corporations from avoiding U. S. taxation. This raises an intriguing possibility. Why not pay for at least some […]

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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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Digging Deeper into the President’s “Middle Class Economics” Plan

By :: February 2nd, 2015

An analysis lays a foundation for debate. The TPC has a new paper on the distributional effects of the President’s tax proposals. His tax cuts primarily benefit low-income single workers and families with children. Households with very high incomes and substantial capital assets would pay more. A reaction offers some explanation. TPC’s estimates show that, […]

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How Obama’s Tax Plan Will Redistribute Income from the Very Rich To The Poor

By :: January 28th, 2015

President Obama’s latest tax package, which he’ll unveil in detail next week along with his new budget, would lower taxes for low-income households and significantly raise taxes for the highest income 1 percent—those making $663,000 or more, according to new Tax Policy Center estimates.  Middle-income households would see relatively modest changes in their tax bills. […]

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Adjusting the President’s Capital Gains Proposal

By :: January 21st, 2015

President Obama’s new proposal to tax capital gains at death is a welcome change that would close a huge loophole, but it suffers from a serious flaw: For some assets, it would be a record-keeping nightmare. Fortunately, there is an easy fix. The proposal is part of a broader tax plan that Obama released prior […]

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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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One Downside Of Inversions: Higher Tax Bills For Stockholders

By :: August 20th, 2014

Corporate inversions are all the rage these days as U.S. businesses merge with foreign firms and then restructure the combined businesses as foreign-based corporations. That yields tax benefits and may boost their after-tax profits, but it can also leave their stockholders with unwanted capital gains and big tax bills. As Howard Gleckman explained in TaxVox […]

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ACA Tax Subsidies Face Risk; IRS Enforcement Is Overtaxed

By :: July 23rd, 2014

Two appeals courts deliver opposing rulings on Affordable Care Act tax subsidies. The DC Circuit Court ruled yesterday that the tax credits can only go to residents in states that run their own  health exchanges. In Richmond, VA, the 4th Circuit Court said the ACA language isn’t clear, so the tax credits are also available […]

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Abuse of financial products by hedge funds

By :: July 22nd, 2014

Today, I testified before the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (the “Subcommittee”) on the abuse of structured financial products by hedge funds, in particular by the Renaissance funds. This is what I told the Subcommittee: Almost a century ago, Congress reduced the tax rate for long-term capital gains. Then, long-term meant holding assets for […]

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