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Mr. Gary Robbins

July 15, 1999

Retiring the Social Security Earnings Test


A relic of the Great Depression, the Social Security retirement earnings test penalizes people receiving Social Security benefits who work. The earnings test puts a huge tax on wage inome, creating an effective marginal tax rate of between 41 and 80+ percent.

This Issue Brief outlines the case for eliminating the earnings test, and finds that "the long-run costs of eliminating the earnings test are almost nothing."

March 15, 1999

The Case for Burying the Estate Tax


This study is a survey of historical estate taxation, an economic analysis of the impact of estate taxes on the economy, and contains a dynamic analysis of the impact of eliminating estate taxes.

February 15, 1999

Taking Growth for Granted - Decisions About Surplus Could Extend or Halt Recovery


Virtually all forecasters project federal budget surpluses as far as the eye can see. How to use these surpluses most effectively?

September 28, 1998

An Analysis of the "Taxpayer Relief Act of 1998"


This issue brief looks at the major proposals and the bill’s economic and revenue effects.

July 15, 1998

Reducing the Marriage Penalty--A Good Way to Cut Taxes?


The purpose of this issue brief is to focus on how changing the tax treatment of married couples would affect the economy. As background, the first section explains how the tax code and marital status interact. The next section estimates the economic and revenue consequences of four proposals
while the last section discusses whether reducing marriage penalties makes for good tax policy.

May 1, 1998

Will Taxpayers be Last in Line for Budget Surpluses?


Articles include "Will Taxpayers be Last in Line for Budget Surpluses?", The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT): A Ticking Time Bomb Aimed at the Middle Class," "The Golden Rules for Making a Million," and "Getting Hit from Both Sides: Adjusting CPI Downward Cuts Entitlements and Raises Taxes."

April 15, 1998

The New Schedule D--As in "Disaster"


New requirements to track additional asset holding periods have greatly increased the complexity in calculating capital gains taxes. Our researchers, Gary and Aldona Robbins, point out the reasons why these added complications are totally unnecessary.

March 12, 1998

Complicating the Federal Tax Code: A Look At the Alternative Minimum Tax


The Alternative Minimum Tax, or AMT, is an inefficient, expensive to administer portion of the federal tax code. It began in 1969 to ensure that every taxpayer paid some tax by disallowing certain tax deductions if they reduced tax liability beneath a certain level. Today, it does not even accomplish that goal. Right now, it impacts a relatively small amount of taxpayers, but in the next 10 years, one of every 14 taxpayers will be ensnared by the AMT--and the government is counting on it. They've already factored this into the rosy budget surplus scenarios.
December 1, 1997

Adjusting the Consumer Price Index


Talks are underway about changing the way the CPI is computed, because it is believed that the current CPI index overstates inflation by as much as 1.1 percentage points. But if the CPI is lowered, it will result in reduced entitlement benefits but higher tax receipts to the federal goverment. Because of this "moral hazard," it is important that the CPI not be adjusted to suit political purposes, but rather to better reflect reality. This Policy Report explores the method and problems behind the CPI, and suggests remedies.

July 1, 1997

The House Tax Package: A Good Deal?


Articles include "The House Tax Package: A Good Deal?", "Fairy Tales: Fact and Fiction About Kids' Health Care", and "A Tax Deduction for Payroll Taxes." Facts on the Growth of Government: How Deregulation Creates Jobs.

 

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