Tag: ‘presidential candidates’

Despite Promises, Jeb Bush’s Tax Plan Wouldn’t Eliminate Marriage Penalties

By :: September 16th, 2015

GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush offered a tax plan last week that he says “eliminates the marriage penalty.” But it may not help many low-income working families. A married couple is penalized if it pays more tax filing a joint return than if each spouse could file individually. Conversely, marriage bonuses occur when marriage lowers […]

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The Case of the Unreturned Call for Tax Code Simplicity

By :: September 2nd, 2015

So far, at least 22 people are running for president. Only three have released detailed tax plans, but nearly all call for more simplicity—perhaps so much that we could file our returns on a postcard. In 2012, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson called for simplicity, too: “A simpler, more transparent tax code will substantially reduce […]

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Why Romney and Obama Pay the Taxes They Pay

By :: April 26th, 2012

By now, many readers of TaxVox know how much Barack Obama and Mitt Romney pay in taxes. But true tax wonks are more interested in why the candidates paid what they paid. A new infographic from the Tax Policy Center tells that story. The interactive display of the president’s and Romney’s (preliminary) 2011 tax returns […]

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