Tag: ‘IRS’

Five Tax Stories To Watch in What Will Be a Wild Fall in Congress and on the Campaign Trail

By :: September 8th, 2015

Congress is back. Fiscal deadlines loom. Presidential candidates have tax plans to propose. It isn’t clear how much lawmakers will accomplish in the next four months, but it will be a busy and interesting fall. Here are five stories to watch: International Tax Reform: House Republicans insist they want to try to rewrite the tax […]

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Big Talk, Growing Opposition

By :: July 23rd, 2015

Can the Senate pass a highway bill? Last night, the Senate finally voted to begin debate on its version of a transportation bill. But it is in for a tough slog thanks in part to two GOP presidential hopefuls. Ted Cruz has threatened to tie the Iran deal to the measure. The Texan wants an amendment that “ensures no Iranian nuclear deal unless Iran recognizes […]

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ACA Effects and Estimates

By :: July 20th, 2015

Treasury shares tax filing data on the Affordable Care Act. It released data Friday that show 81 percent of tax filers “checked the box” to indicate that they had health insurance coverage. Nine percent claimed a health care coverage exemption, and 6 percent paid the fee for remaining uninsured without an exemption. About 4 percent still need […]

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Should The IRS Become a Consumer Agency Instead of a Tax Cop?

By :: July 16th, 2015

In her latest report to Congress, IRS Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson made the provocative suggestion that her agency completely rethink its mission: “It should transform itself as a tax agency from one that is designed around nabbing the small percentage of the population that actively evades tax to one that aims first and foremost to […]

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Paying Taxes: Choice and Consequence

By :: June 25th, 2015

Will some private schools lose their tax-exempt status? If religious schools that ban same-sex relationships want to continue to do so, they might have to start paying taxes. If the US Supreme Court rules this month that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, the IRS could conclude that banning those relationships violates “fundamental national public […]

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Estimates and the Economy: Let the Buyer Beware

By :: June 24th, 2015

The CBO, the ACA, and the economy: Precision doesn’t mean accuracy. Last Friday, the Congressional Budget Office projected that repeal of the Affordable Care Act would add $137 billion to the national debt over 10 years but boost the economy. But the estimates came with a big warning: “[R]epealing the ACA could in fact reduce […]

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“We’re [still] on a road to nowhere.”

By :: June 12th, 2015

What might happen to federal highway funding? Clues next week? Both tax-writing committees will hold hearings on long-term funding for the Highway Trust Fund. The House Ways & Means Committee will hold its hearing on Wednesday. The Finance panel will meet on Thursday. The Fund currently relies on the 18-cents-per-gallon federal gasoline tax but spending […]

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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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