Tag: ‘IRS’

The Scary New World of Tax Fraud

By :: May 14th, 2015

Back in the day—say 2011–tax fraud was pretty straightforward. Taxpayers deliberately understated income or overstated deductions to cheat the system for their own benefit. Not anymore. Now, a growing share of such fraud is about crooks using the identities of innocent taxpayers to steal money. If you have a home phone or an email account, these […]

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Tax Relief for the Few, Tax Increases for All… or None

By :: May 7th, 2015

Everything is bigger in Texas, except tax relief for its low-income residents. Tax cuts are a sure bet in the Lone Star state this year, but it’s hard to provide tax relief to everybody without a state income tax. TPC’s Richard Auxier explains that Texas’ reliance on sales and property taxes makes its taxation especially […]

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A Major Gift for TPC, Money Forsaken by Taxpayers, Or Given in Error

By :: May 6th, 2015

A transformative gift for TPC. The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center has established the Pozen Director’s Chair, thanks to a major gift from Robert C. Pozen. “I am glad to support… one of the few American organizations that consistently provides nonpartisan and thoughtful analysis of current tax issues.” He told The Boston Globe, “It sounds esoteric […]

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Why Do Taxpayers Leave Money on the Table?

By :: May 6th, 2015

My dad taught a teenage me an important lesson when he helped me file my first federal income tax return. I earned the minimum wage at a part-time job, and didn’t have to file. But he explained that I should file, knowing my effort would be rewarded. “You don’t earn enough to owe income taxes,” […]

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Not So Fast, No, No, and… No.

By :: May 1st, 2015

Alabama’s Senate Budget Committee taps the brakes on a state flat tax plan. The panel delayed a vote on a bill that would cut the state’s personal income tax rate to 2.75 percent from 5 percent, and lower the corporate income tax rate to 4.59 percent from 6.5 percent. The bill would also eliminate certain […]

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What Will Happen To Voluntary Tax Compliance If a Budget-constrained IRS Is Not Fixed?

By :: April 9th, 2015

Is the IRS such a mess that the nation’s system of voluntary tax compliance is at risk? Will frustrated taxpayers rebel because they can’t get help with a revenue code they can’t understand? Will aggressive taxpayers who recognize that audit rates have plummeted to the lowest levels in years further push the tax-avoidance envelope?  And […]

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One Avenue to Bipartisan Tax Reform: Simplification and Improved Tax Administration

By :: April 8th, 2015

There are many ways to restructure the tax code. Elected officials often fail to detect opportunity when they adhere in a path-dependent way to one past model of success, such the 1986 tax reform.  An alternative approach where even the acclaimed 1986 effort made at best modest progress would focus on making tax code simpler […]

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The Internet, Drug Profits, and Sacrifice

By :: February 27th, 2015

The neutrality of the net: Set. Tax effects? Unclear. That’s the conclusion of Politifact after the Federal Communications Commission approved controversial regulations that will treat the Internet like a public utility. The fact checkers examined the question after GOP Senator Mike Lee claimed that net neutrality was a “massive tax increase on the middle class” […]

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Dividends, Bills, Assets and Software

By :: February 12th, 2015

Bank of America may have helped clients avoid taxes. Since at least 2011, it had been using its US unit’s funds to finance transactions by its European investment-banking arm. In doing so, it was able to help hedge funds avoid taxes on stock dividends. “BANA (Bank of America National Association) no longer finances dividend arbitrage […]

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Taxing the Rich: It’s a Plan Abroad, Too

By :: January 21st, 2015

The State of the Union: Tax reform depends on where you are sitting. In his State of the Union Address last night, President Obama called on Congress to address wealth inequality through the tax code, largely by increasing the capital gains tax and imposing a bank tax to fund tax relief for middle-income earners. Senate […]

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