Tag: ‘economic growth’

Can States Boost Growth By Cutting Top Individual Tax Rates?

By :: May 4th, 2015

States can generate powerful economic growth by cutting income tax rates. That, at least, is the theory behind a recent wave of tax cuts, or proposed tax cuts, around the country. Kansas has cut taxes repeatedly in recent years. So has Wisconsin. In Maine, Governor Paul LePage vows to repeal his state’s income tax entirely.  […]

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States of Growth and Reform

By :: May 4th, 2015

Will cuts to a state’s top income tax rate boost growth? Not necessarily. In a new TPC paper, Bill Gale, Aaron Krupkin, and Kim Rueben find little evidence linking state-level economic growth and taxes, especially income tax policy. Neither tax revenues nor top income tax rates have a steady relationship with economic growth or employment […]

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Tax Cuts for Low- and Moderate Income Households May Be Much More Powerful Than Cuts for the Rich

By :: April 21st, 2015

It turns out that tax cuts for the job creators…don’t create very many jobs. By contrast, tax cuts for low- and moderate-income households can boost economic growth. Those are the results of an interesting new working paper by Owen Zidar for the National Bureau of Economic Research. Zidar, an assistant economics professor at the University […]

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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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Tax Policy, Tax Outcomes: That’s Entertainment!

By :: September 22nd, 2014

Congress is in recess through the mid-term elections. Read the Daily Deduction each Monday until then.  “California, here I come!” It’s official: Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a $330 million annual incentive program for film and television production. Feature films with budgets of $75 million or more and network pilots are also eligible […]

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Don’t Count on Much Economic Growth From Individual Tax Reform…Or From Tax Rate Cuts

By :: September 10th, 2014

Can individual income tax reform that cuts rates and eliminates subsidies increase economic growth? How about tax cuts by themselves? The answer is: Maybe, but not by much, according to a new paper by the Tax Policy Center’s Bill Gale and Andrew Samwick, director of The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and Social […]

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Inversions, Loopholes, Taxes and TIFs: What’s a Revenue Service to Do?

By :: September 9th, 2014

Inversions: The waiting is the hardest part. At yesterday’s TPC event Treasury Secretary Jack Lew promised an anti-inversion decision “soon,” but committed to no other details. While everybody agrees corporate inversions are done largely to avoid taxes, does Treasury have the authority to prevent them? If so, should it? New York University’s Sally Katzen, Harvard’s […]

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On Credits, Boycotts, and the Economy

By :: September 2nd, 2014

Congress is in recess until Monday, September 8. The Daily Deduction will resume its regular schedule when Congress returns. “There will be credits.” Alaskans like the way oil industry profits are taxed–barely. The state grants a corporate income tax credit for qualified oil and gas service-industry expenditures. Ballot Measure No. 1 would have repealed the […]

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The government and short-run economic growth

By :: January 31st, 2013

Economic growth estimates released yesterday were not good news: the economy contracted in the fourth quarter for the first time since 2009, albeit by just 0.1 percent. Commentators have mostly attributed the mild contraction to a steep drop in federal defense spending and reduced inventories—each factor cut the quarter’s growth by about 1.25 percent on […]

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