Tag: ‘Len Burman’

The ACA, Extenders, and More Swiss Banks

By :: May 27th, 2014

Employers can’t “dump” their employees in ACA exchanges. Some large employers hoped to offer tax-free cash to employees to help them pay Affordable Care Act insurance premiums, a cheaper alternative to covering workers directly. But the IRS ruled against that. The penalty for doing so could cost firms $36,500-a-year per employee. If employees need help […]

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Len Burman’s Brief for a Health Care VAT

By :: April 24th, 2014

In the cover essay in the current issue of The Milken Institute Review, Len Burman calls for a Value-Added Tax (VAT) to pay for government health care costs. Len, the director of Tax Policy Center (and, thus, my boss), argues that a dedicated—and fully transparent–health care VAT would increase public support for efforts to slow the […]

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A Value-Added Tax That Won’t Raise Revenues Or Boost Taxes on the Poor

By :: November 26th, 2013

For many years, Michael Graetz, now a law professor at Columbia University, has been promoting a national Value-Added Tax (VAT) that would become the principal levy paid by most Americans. VATs–and similar broad-based consumption taxes–are enormously controversial in the U.S. even though they are ubiquitous throughout the rest of the world and enjoy widespread support […]

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What to Read While Hanging Out at the Fiscal Cliff

By :: November 29th, 2012

While you are waiting for Congress and President Obama to decide what they are going to do about the fiscal mess, here an idea: Pick up a copy of Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know,  (Oxford University Press, 2013) a valuable new primer on the nation’s wild and crazy revenue system by Len Burman […]

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