Tag: ‘Congress’

Is Dynamic Scoring of Tax Bills Ready For Prime Time?

By :: January 26th, 2015

The House has instructed the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office to factor in the macroeconomic effects of tax law changes when calculating the official budget score of revenue bills. But are existing models up to the task of what’s commonly called dynamic scoring? A group of experts assembled today by the […]

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What To Make of the Senate Finance Committee’s Tax Reform Workgroups

By :: January 15th, 2015

The Senate Finance Committee has created five bipartisan working groups to develop ideas for comprehensive tax reform by the end of May.  It is a good idea. But it is unlikely to accelerate the panel’s timetable for producing legislation. The task forces won’t develop many new ideas. Let’s be honest: For the most part, when it […]

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Nine Tax Stories to Watch in 2015

By :: January 6th, 2015

So much has changed. Yet, when it comes to taxes, so much has not. Republicans have taken control of Congress and now hold governorships in 31 states. The U.S. economy is finally on solid ground. And presidential hopefuls are gearing up for the 2016 election. But for all that, the top tax stories of 2015 […]

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The War on the IRS

By :: December 16th, 2014

The massive 2015 spending bill that President Obama is likely to sign this week continues an ongoing effort to trash the Internal Revenue Service.  It is a cynical recipe for a self-fulfilling disaster: Give the agency more and more work. Cut its budget. Blame it for failing to do its job. Repeat. House GOP Appropriators […]

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Kudos to Sandy Levin For Speaking Out For Fiscal Responsibility

By :: December 11th, 2014

Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI), the senior Democrat  on the House Ways & Means Committee, stood up on the House floor yesterday and urged Congress to refuse to make permanent three special tax breaks for charitable giving unless their $11 billion cost was paid for. Why were his remarks notable? Because Levin was the prime sponsor […]

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Why Does Congress Pay For Some Tax Cuts and Not Others?

By :: December 9th, 2014

Can somebody explain to me why the House agreed last week to restore 50+ tax subsidies without paying for them (and thus adding $42 billion to the deficit) and 10 minutes later approved a new tax subsidy that it insisted on paying for? It can’t be the merits of the recipients. By now, TaxVox readers […]

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Are Tax-Free ABLE Accounts The Right Financial Solution For People With Disabilities?

By :: December 4th, 2014

For the first time since 2010, Congress may be about to acknowledge that people with disabilities cannot have a decent quality of life with limited financial resources and modest government support. It is on the verge of approving the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which would create tax-free savings accounts to assist some people […]

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How To End the Tax Extender Drama: Stop Calling Them Extenders—And Make Congress Pay For Them

By :: December 2nd, 2014

There are two simple ways to end the tiresome seasonal drama over faux-temporary tax cuts known (with a stunning lack of accuracy) as the extenders. First, call them what they are: Expired tax breaks that have been off the books for nearly a year. Second, make Congress pay for any of the special interest subsidies […]

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Will Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Kill Tax Reform? Hint: You Can’t Kill Something That’s Already Dead

By :: November 18th, 2014

The latest narrative making the rounds in Washington is that President Obama will kill prospects for tax reform in 2015 if he grants legal status to undocumented immigrants though an executive order. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and others claim that this step will so poison the well of trust between Democrats and Republicans that […]

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How Did Medical Device Makers Become Poster Children for Obamacare Critics

By :: November 13th, 2014

The push to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s tax on medical devices has somehow become a touchstone for GOP efforts to chip away at President Obama’s health care law. But why?  To paraphrase Bogart’s  classic line from Casablanca:  Of all the taxes in all laws in all the world, why did they pick this one? […]

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