Posts Tagged ‘National Tax Association’

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

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 […]

Are Some Americans Paying Federal Income Tax They Don’t Owe?

Headline got your attention? No, it isn’t a come-on for a new tax avoidance scheme. Rather, it reflects an interesting but little known problem with the federal income tax system: People who have tax withheld from their paychecks but, for some reason, don’t file returns. For many, ignoring their 1040 means they are paying tax they […]

Smart Tax Reform Could Shrink the Government

Max Baucus and Dave Camp, leaders of the Senate and House tax-writing committees, are on the road promoting tax simplification. One goal: cleaning out the mess of deductions, exclusions, credits, and other tax breaks that complicate the code. Done well, such house cleaning could make for a simpler, fairer, more pro-growth tax code. It could […]

The Simpsons for Tax Wonks: The NTA Honors Joel Slemrod

Congratulations to University of Michigan tax economist Joel Slemrod for winning the National Tax Association’s Daniel M. Holland Medal for outstanding contributions to the study and practice of public finance. Joel, who is a member of the Tax Policy Center’s advisory board, is a terrific researcher and teacher. He’s been a great help to me […]

A Path Forward on Tax Reform

At the National Tax Association’s spring conference last week, former Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Holtz-Eakin laid out a path to tax reform in four simple, clear steps. Doug, who was also a top policy aide to the 2008 McCain for President campaign, was absolutely on point. And his analysis was both evidence of how […]