Tag: ‘Len Burman’

Marco Rubio Wasn't the Only One Who Cashed Out an IRA Last Year

By :: May 26th, 2015

It is easy to mock Senator Marco Rubio, who cashed out $68,241 in IRA retirement funds last September. The GOP presidential hopeful, who made about $230,000 last year, told Fox News he needed the dough to prepare for his campaign, buy a new $3,000 refrigerator, and fix his busted a/c. As it happens, he is far […]

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ACA Tax Filing Was Surprisingly Painless, But Not For All

By :: April 29th, 2015

It turns out that the first year of tax filing for people who have Affordable Care Act health insurance subsidies was a lot easier than the first year of enrolling in the online exchanges. In contrast to the ACA’s maiden open enrollment season, the initial process of settling up incorrect subsidies was a relative breeze. […]

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So Far, Affordable Care Act Users Are Managing Tax Filing, Many Uninsured May Use New Enrollment Period

By :: February 24th, 2015

So far, most people with Affordable Care Act insurance subsidies seem to be filing their taxes without huge problems, despite the complexity of the process. However, about half of those who have filed returns with tax prep firm H&R Block and who owe a penalty for not having insurance, have expressed interest in purchasing exchange coverage, […]

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Better Ways to Link the Affordable Care Act with Tax Filing Season

By :: February 23rd, 2015

The Obama Administration, finally acknowledging the seasonal mismatch between the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment season and the ACA’s tax-based penalties for failing to have insurance, decided on Friday to create a new special enrollment season for this year only.  The new window will allow those who are subject to the penalty for 2014 ($95 […]

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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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