Tag: ‘tax extenders’

Spending Caps? What Spending Caps?

By :: January 30th, 2015

Up next week: The President’s Budget. President Obama will release his budget  for fiscal year 2016 on Monday. The plan would increase spending above the sequester limits of  the Budget Control Act of 2011. Steep cuts were triggered in 2013 when Congress failed to reach a budget deal, but were then temporarily suspended thanks to […]

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Nine Tax Stories to Watch in 2015

By :: January 6th, 2015

So much has changed. Yet, when it comes to taxes, so much has not. Republicans have taken control of Congress and now hold governorships in 31 states. The U.S. economy is finally on solid ground. And presidential hopefuls are gearing up for the 2016 election. But for all that, the top tax stories of 2015 […]

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The Tax Vox Lump of Coal Awards: The 10 Worst Tax Ideas of 2014

By :: December 23rd, 2014

It’s time for the annual Tax Vox Lump of Coal Awards for the worst tax policy of 2014. The past 12 months were a banner year for bad ideas and their perpetrators. The Top 10 are: Frank Underwood & Elvis. Tax subsidies for economic development hardly ever pay for themselves. But two are worthy of […]

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Kudos to Sandy Levin For Speaking Out For Fiscal Responsibility

By :: December 11th, 2014

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 […]

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

By :: December 9th, 2014

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 […]

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Congress Ties Up Loose Ends, Loosely

By :: December 8th, 2014

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 […]

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

By :: December 4th, 2014

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 […]

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

By :: December 3rd, 2014

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 […]

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Extender Drama: Some Movies Just Aren’t Worth Seeing

By :: December 3rd, 2014

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: […]

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

By :: December 2nd, 2014

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 […]

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