Tag: ‘tax preferences’

The White House Quietly Rolls Out Its Last Tax and Budget Plan

By :: February 9th, 2016

If the White House wanted to attract attention to its final budget, it could not have picked a worse day to make it public. With official Washington obsessed with today’s New Hampshire primary, the 2017 budget barely caused a ripple. In case there was any question about its fate on Capitol Hill, congressional Republicans had […]

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If Banning Negligent Low-Income Households From Taking Tax Credits Is Such a Great Idea, Why Stop With Them?

By :: January 7th, 2016

Congress has banned more low-income families who file erroneous tax returns from receiving refundable credits. If lawmakers think this is such a terrific idea, why stop at low-income households? For instance, why shouldn’t Congress bar trade associations from claiming tax-exempt status if they file improper reports to the IRS? Or prohibit hedge fund managers from enjoying preferential […]

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Lawmakers Talk Tax Reform But Keep Pushing New Tax Subsidies

By :: February 12th, 2015

It is hard not to notice that while policymakers are talking tax reform they are walking tax deform. The more they vow to lower tax rates and eliminate targeted tax preferences (close loopholes in Congress-speak), the more bills they push to create new subsidies or juice up old ones. Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee created three new tax […]

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Tax Preferences, Investigations, and Settlements

By :: February 11th, 2015

Senator Hatch: The rich may pay more under tax reform but he won’t raise their rates. The Finance Committee Chairman said after yesterday’s hearing that while he would not raise rates on upper-income taxpayers, those folks might have to give up some favorite tax preferences in order to achieve revenue-neutral tax reform.Hatch said it was […]

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Is Obama Closing Retirement Savings Loopholes or Just Curbing Congress’ Generosity?

By :: January 28th, 2015

In his upcoming budget, President Obama will propose to strip away the “loopholes” that permit wealthy individuals to accumulate large amounts in tax-favored retirement plans. He would prohibit a taxpayer from contributing any more to IRAs or other qualified retirement plans once his or her accounts reach a combined value of $3.4 million. For sure, […]

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My Favorite (Expired) Tax Breaks

By :: December 1st, 2014

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, […]

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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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Dave Camp’s Tax Plan: A Brave Start But Lots of Gimmicks

By :: February 26th, 2014

Give House Ways & Means Committee Chair Dave Camp (R-MI) all the credit in the world for years of hard work developing his tax reform plan. Just don’t look too hard at the blueprint, which he released this afternoon. On one level, it is a serious framework for reform. For individuals, it would consolidate and […]

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Taxes: A Big Gun In The War on Poverty

By :: January 16th, 2014

When Lyndon Johnson declared his War on Poverty 50 years ago this month, he could not have imagined how many battles would be fought through the Tax Code. In the ‘60s and early ‘70s, the safety net was built almost entirely on spending programs.  Back then, policymakers created Medicare, Medicaid, student loan programs, and Head […]

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A New Look at Who Benefits from Tax Expenditures

By :: December 19th, 2013

Who benefits from the tax credits, deductions and exclusions that have become such an integral part of the modern tax code? Nearly all of us. And that’s why any tax reform that eliminates or scales back many of these preferences in return for lower tax rates is so hard to do. The Tax Policy Center […]

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