Posts Tagged ‘National Tax Association’

Jim Poterba Wins Holland Award

The National Tax Association gave this year’s Dan Holland Medal for outstanding contributions to the study and practice of public finance to MIT professor Jim Poterba. Jim, who is also president of the National Bureau of Economic Research, is a terrific economist and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. To learn more about […]

NTA Will Meet Next Week in Santa Fe

The National Tax Association will hold its 107th annual conference next Thursday-Saturday in Santa Fe. Highlights will include presentation of the 2014 Holland Award to MIT’s Jim Poterba, luncheon speeches by Nobel Laureate Joe Stiglitz and Assistant Treasury Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur, and more than 60 research sessions. Many panels will focus on taxation of multinational […]

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 […]