Tag: ‘tax reform’

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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On Budgeting, Patience, and Rube Goldberg

By :: March 17th, 2015

Out today: A first look at GOP budgets. The US hit its debt limit yesterday (at least technically), and the budget battles have begun. The Senate GOP budget resolution  reportedly won’t include detailed plans to overhaul entitlement programs—though the House GOP plan may. The Senate Budget panel version will propose only savings targets for Medicare […]

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Charting a Course for Tax Reform: Might Feel Familiar, Won’t Be Easy

By :: March 12th, 2015

On the Hill: Taxpayer protection sought, tax reform input needed. The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing today on protecting taxpayers from scams during the current tax filing season. Yesterday, panel Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden announced their effort to solicit ideas on how best to reform the tax code to be […]

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Rubio-Lee Hints at Tax Reform's Troubling Direction

By :: March 11th, 2015

Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Mike Lee have introduced what should probably be thought of as the first major set of tax proposals in the 2016 Presidential election.  While their proposals are unlikely to be enacted, they hint at the troubling direction that tax reform debates seem to be headed. The Senators would reduce the […]

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Watch What You Wish For: Dynamic Scoring Creates More Issues for the GOP

By :: March 10th, 2015

As TaxVox readers know by now, House Republicans now require the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office to include macroeconomic effects when they produce budget scores of major bills. The GOP hoped this would show that tax cuts would generate so much new economic activity that they’d lose much less revenue than […]

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