Posts Tagged ‘tax reform’

Magical Thinking on Tax Reform

Everybody loves the idea of tax reform. And tax reform can be very good policy. But advocates often turn to magical thinking about how good tax reform can be, and a recent column by George Will offers two examples of this problem. First, Will writes that “if America’s long-term economic growth [rate] were 3.5 percent, […]

Clip ‘N Save: Orrin Hatch’s Tax Reform Principles

In a few weeks, veteran Utah Republican Orrin Hatch will become chair of the Senate Finance Committee. Soon after, the panel may begin tackling tax reform. While there is good reason to be skeptical about how far a tax code rewrite will get in the next Congress, it is worth keeping track of Hatch’s views on […]

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 […]

Reforming Corporate Taxation

The Cato Institute has organized an online forum to debate pro-growth economic policy reforms. Tax Policy Center scholars Bill Gale, Donald Marron, and Eric Toder have each contributed to the discussion. The U.S. corporate tax system is broken. The current method of taxing the profits of large, publicly traded corporations was designed for an economy […]

Get the Fiscal House in Order

The Cato Institute has organized an online forum to debate pro-growth economic policy reforms. Tax Policy Center scholars Bill Gale, Donald Marron, and Eric Toder have each contributed to the discussion. As policy makers search for ways to raise economic growth and improve the living standards of future generations, a major priority should be to get […]

“Dead Reform Walking:” On Fairness, Immigration, and Spending

A Senator says “no way” to a bill that won’t see December’s light of day. As far as the lame-duck Congress is concerned, the Marketplace Fairness Act is dead: House Speaker John Boehner assured as much last week. Senator Ted Cruz has added his two cents (tax-free)  insisting it is  the “height of lunacy” to […]

Will Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Kill Tax Reform? Hint: You Can’t Kill Something That’s Already Dead

The latest narrative making the rounds in Washington is that President Obama will kill prospects for tax reform in 2015 if he grants legal status to undocumented immigrants though an executive order. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and others claim that this step will so poison the well of trust between Democrats and Republicans that […]

In Search Of… Tax Savings, Near or Far

Inversion is the gift that keeps on giving for Actavis. Last year the pharmaceutical company reincorporated from its Parsipanny, New Jersey, home to Ireland, after a $5 billion deal with Warner Chilcotte. This year, before Treasury’s inversion curbs took effect, it purchased New York-based Forest Laboratories for $25 billion for tax savings. And today, in […]

Don’t Call It a Comeback… Yet.

Betting on tax reform in the 114th Congress? Consider some insight from TPC’s Bill Gale. GOP control won’t make gridlock  disappear, even if President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell somehow do get along. The business community is not united on business tax reform. The GOP and the President don’t agree on the treatment […]

The Day After the 2014 Election: Six Things To Watch In the New GOP Congress

Republicans had a very good day yesterday. But can they translate their ballot-box success into a positive legislative agenda? It won’t be easy but here are six clues: Mitch McConnell: He is a brilliant legislative tactician. We know he’ll use those skills to try to outmaneuver Democratic Leader Harry Reid but will he also use […]