Posts Tagged ‘tax extenders’

Kudos to Sandy Levin For Speaking Out For Fiscal Responsibility

Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI), the senior Democrat  on the House Ways & Means Committee, stood up on the House floor yesterday and urged Congress to refuse to make permanent three special tax breaks for charitable giving unless their $11 billion cost was paid for. Why were his remarks notable? Because Levin was the prime sponsor […]

Why Does Congress Pay For Some Tax Cuts and Not Others?

Can somebody explain to me why the House agreed last week to restore 50+ tax subsidies without paying for them (and thus adding $42 billion to the deficit) and 10 minutes later approved a new tax subsidy that it insisted on paying for? It can’t be the merits of the recipients. By now, TaxVox readers […]

Congress Ties Up Loose Ends, Loosely

The Senate may soon send that retroactive tax-break bill to the President. The House passed it last week, and the Senate is expected to take up the measure this week. The House version  would  revive 50+ expired tax breaks only through the end of 2014. Tax Analysts reports that Dave Reichert, the incoming chair of […]

What You Get for the Money: Will It Be What You Need?

Tax Expirers: On to the Senate. On a roughly party-line vote, the House restored 55 expired tax provisions and extended them for… three weeks. Now the Senate gets to decide whether to go along or to amend the bill, most likely by extending the measures through 2015. And the world turns… Shouldn’t Congress comparison-shop before […]

Why the More Generous Child and Earned Income Tax Credits Should Be Made Permanent

co-authored with William G. Gale While most of the tax drama these days is focused on the fate of 50+ mostly-business tax breaks that expired nearly a year ago, lawmakers are also debating two provisions that are enormously important to low- and moderate-income households-the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Temporary […]

Extender Drama: Some Movies Just Aren’t Worth Seeing

Coming soon to a theater near you: The House embraces a one-year “tax extender” package. It would restore retroactively for 2014 tax breaks affecting all manner of taxpayers—from research-heavy corporations, multinationals, teachers, commuters, and green energy producers, to NASCAR race tracks operators, Puerto Rican rum producers, racehorse owners, and Hollywood moguls. The one year cost: […]

How To End the Tax Extender Drama: Stop Calling Them Extenders—And Make Congress Pay For Them

There are two simple ways to end the tiresome seasonal drama over faux-temporary tax cuts known (with a stunning lack of accuracy) as the extenders. First, call them what they are: Expired tax breaks that have been off the books for nearly a year. Second, make Congress pay for any of the special interest subsidies […]

Extenders at Home, Harmonies Abroad: Earworms (and Headaches) for All

The House may vote this week on a one-year retroactive tax break extension. Maybe you’ve heard this song before, but Bloomberg reports the GOP figures the bipartisan tax extender package proposed last week is in fact dead. As many as one in six taxpayers could be affected without an extension of the 60 or more […]

The Politics and Policy of Tax Extenders

‘Tis the season for bad tax policy… In what has become an annual ritual, Congress is struggling with what to do with the 70 or so “temporary” tax provisions that expired in 2013 or will expire in 2014. For a brief moment last week, there was word of a deal to make permanent the biggest […]

My Favorite (Expired) Tax Breaks

And now, for a lighter look at tax extenders, here’s a song that borrows the tune of The Sound of Music’s “My Favorite Things.” If you’re looking for something more serious, check out Len Burman’s TaxVox thoughts on the issue. My Favorite (Expired) Tax Breaks Special deductions of teachers’ expenses, Tax-free forgiveness for lost residences, […]