Tag: ‘Tax Policy Center’

Why Tax Lawyers and Tax Economists Can’t Communicate

By :: October 23rd, 2014

Any close observer of the making of tax policy can see it: Lawyers and economists looking at the same issue through entirely different prisms. I’ve been fascinated by how their respective brains work, and why they have so much trouble communicating with one another. It turns out I am not alone. In a newly published […]

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The Small, Happy World of Supersized IRAs

By :: October 14th, 2014

When Mitt Romney released his tax return information during the 2012 presidential campaign, many of us were introduced to the world of supersized IRAs. Romney somehow had a tax-preferred retirement nest egg valued at $101 million. Maybe he got there by making standard annual contributions and investing really well. Or not. Now, a new Government […]

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How Asset Building Tax Subsidies Miss Their Targets

By :: October 7th, 2014

Nearly one-third of all federal tax expenditures–$384 billion in 2013 alone– is aimed at various forms of asset building, such as retirement savings, higher education, and home ownership. Yet, according to research by several of my Tax Policy Center and Urban Institute colleagues, these tax breaks do little to help low- and middle-income households build […]

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Pass-Through Firms Report $800 Billion in Net Income, Can’t Be Ignored in Business Tax Reform

By :: October 2nd, 2014

Washington is going through another one of its periodic calls for business tax reform. But new research by my Tax Policy Center colleague Joe Rosenberg shows just how hard it is to separate business taxation from the individual tax code. And it should serve as a warning to those who think Congress can enact corporate tax […]

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The Public Wants Clear Rules About Campaign Giving Through Tax-Exempts. Is It Possible?

By :: September 30th, 2014

A poll released today by the conservative Hudson Institute and the liberal group Public Citizen finds that nearly 9 in 10 voters surveyed favor clear rules that define political activities by non-profit tax-exempt organizations. The public’s desire for clarity is not surprising, given the amount of undisclosed campaign money that is flooding through tax-exempt 501(c)(4) […]

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Treasury's New Rules May Slow, But Won’t Stop Corporate Tax Inversions

By :: September 23rd, 2014

Will Treasury’s new rules stop the wave of corporate tax inversions? No they won’t. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew acknowledged as much when the agency proposed the curbs yesterday. Will they slow the practice? Perhaps, but even that is not certain. In a perverse way, Treasury’s most effective weapon may have been ambiguity. Once the Administration announced […]

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Does Treasury Have the Legal Authority To Curb Tax Inversions?

By :: September 22nd, 2014

While we wait to see how and when the Obama Administration will use its executive authority to curb the use of corporate tax inversions, the debate continues over whether Treasury even has the power to limit the practice. In a new article in Tax Notes, Tax Policy Center senior fellow Steve Rosenthal minces no words: […]

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Don’t Count on Much Economic Growth From Individual Tax Reform…Or From Tax Rate Cuts

By :: September 10th, 2014

Can individual income tax reform that cuts rates and eliminates subsidies increase economic growth? How about tax cuts by themselves? The answer is: Maybe, but not by much, according to a new paper by the Tax Policy Center’s Bill Gale and Andrew Samwick, director of The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and Social […]

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Treasury’s Lew Says Anti-Inversion Decision Will Come Soon, But Offers No Hints About What Or When

By :: September 8th, 2014

In a speech today at the Tax Policy Center, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the agency will decide “in the very very near future” how it will respond to the recent wave of tax-motivated corporate inversions.  Lew strongly urged Congress to curb the practice on its own, but suggested Treasury might move administratively if lawmakers […]

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Is It Time to Repeal The Corporate Income Tax?

By :: September 4th, 2014

In case you missed it, The New York Times’ political and policy blog The Upshot published a fascinating debate throughout August on the question: Should the corporate income tax be abolished? It’s a query that may be raised on Monday morning, when Treasury Secretary Jack Lew speaks at the Tax Policy Center on business tax […]

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