Tag: ‘tax reform’

Are GOP Presidential Candidates Downplaying Tax Cuts Or Hiding The Ball?

By :: May 19th, 2015

Last week, I blogged on the many GOP presidential candidates who are talking about tax reform rather than tax cuts. This week, tax historian Joe Thorndike published a rebuttal on the Tax Analysts blog and on Forbes.com. Joe, who is very much in the watch-what-they-do-not what-they-say (WWTDNWTS) camp, noted that while few GOP presidential hopefuls […]

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Is the GOP’s Enthusiasm for Tax Cuts Going the Way of American Idol?

By :: May 12th, 2015

The silence is deafening.  Remarkably, Republicans lining up to run for president aren’t talking about cutting taxes. Tax reform? Sure. Rate cuts? Absolutely. But so far at least, national Republicans seem more willing to tackle same-sex marriage than big Ronald Reagan/George W. Bush-style tax cuts. The latest examples are New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former neurosurgeon and […]

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Tax Relief for the Few, Tax Increases for All… or None

By :: May 7th, 2015

Everything is bigger in Texas, except tax relief for its low-income residents. Tax cuts are a sure bet in the Lone Star state this year, but it’s hard to provide tax relief to everybody without a state income tax. TPC’s Richard Auxier explains that Texas’ reliance on sales and property taxes makes its taxation especially […]

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Rubio Tries to Triangulate Tax Policy

By :: April 16th, 2015

Newly declared GOP presidential hopeful Senator Marco Rubio is trying something truly (Bill) Clintonesque—navigating between the demands of his party’s base and a more centrist, forward-looking political agenda. Nowhere is it more obvious than in tax policy. And nowhere is the road ahead more risky for his presidential ambitions. In March, Rubio and fellow senator […]

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Death and Taxes: Certainty and Conflict

By :: April 16th, 2015

The House plans a vote to repeal the estate tax today. Repealing the levy would cut taxes by $270 billion over 10 years for 0.2 percent of the nation’s richest estates. The White House and Democrats are vehemently opposed. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that 5,400 estates will face the GOP-named “death tax” in […]

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Tax Ideas, A “Fix,” Limits and Honors

By :: April 14th, 2015

Paul Ryan and Orrin Hatch want businesses to share ideas on tax treatment of “pass-throughs.” As owners of pass-through businesses such as partnerships and sole proprietorships, millions of business owners pay their firms’ income taxes through the individual code. Both the GOP and the White House say they’d cut the 35 percent corporate rate, but […]

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Tax Season: It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

By :: April 13th, 2015

The IRS and the ACA: Working hard and working well. The IRS, thanks to years of preparation since the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, has managed the current tax filing season smoothly, according to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, even with new ACA burdens and IRS budget cutbacks. “It’s amazing what the IRS can […]

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One Avenue to Bipartisan Tax Reform: Simplification and Improved Tax Administration

By :: April 8th, 2015

There are many ways to restructure the tax code. Elected officials often fail to detect opportunity when they adhere in a path-dependent way to one past model of success, such the 1986 tax reform.  An alternative approach where even the acclaimed 1986 effort made at best modest progress would focus on making tax code simpler […]

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Is a Consumption Tax Talk Making a Comeback?

By :: March 31st, 2015

Maybe it’s just because Congress is on spring break and tax wonks don’t have much to talk about, but suddenly the idea of a consumption tax is getting a new look. The tax plan proposed earlier this month by senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) is one form of the levy. And tax […]

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Spending Cuts, Surpluses and Sales Opportunities

By :: March 18th, 2015

The House GOP Budget: No tax reform details. The House Budget Committee unveiled a budget with $5.5 trillion in spending cuts that promises balance by 2024. Committee Chairman Tom Price is confident the budget will pass the House this week. However, TPC’s Howard Gleckman says there is no chance it will become law. The budget […]

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