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February 3, 2016

Comparing the Major Candidates' Tax Plans


Most of the major presidential candidates have released tax reform plans with enough specifics to run them through an economic model. On tax policy, Republicans tend to focus on economic growth, while Democrats tend to focus on distributional effects.

January 14, 2016

Missing the Biggest Point on Corporate Tax Reform


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The corporate tax is actually a hidden tax on employees, shareholders and consumers. When we raise taxes on corporations, they simply pass the tax along in the form of lower wages, lower dividends, and higher prices.

December 2, 2015

'Tis the Season for PITFA


Speaker Ryan has an opportunity to make his mark by moving pieces of legislation that are relatively non-controversial and have broad support. The most obvious candidate is the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA), set to expire Dec. 11, which bans taxes on Internet access and bans taxes that discriminate against ecommerce.

November 18, 2015

Why Republican Presidential Candidates Should Abandon Their VAT Tax Proposals


To introduce a hidden tax as part of a tax plan is a sure path to failure of transparency, and a failure to serve the citizens.

November 11, 2015

The Most Important Tax Reformer Was Not On the Debate Stage


For tax reform, new Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady's priorities matter more than those of any presidential candidate.

November 4, 2015

Don't Bother with myRA


Today, the Treasury Department rolled out the new myRA retirement accounts with almost no fanfare. And it’s easy to see why: The myRA is a retirement savings policy embarrassment.

September 2, 2015

The Clouded Judgment of Tax Authorities


Revenue agencies will often seek to extend taxes well beyond what was contemplated when legislation was enacted, in the name of securing ever more money for government, even to the detriment of innovation.

August 26, 2015

If You Were Oreo, You'd Leave Chicago, Too


Chicago, Illinois, and the U.S. shouldn’t expect companies to invest at home when their policies send the opposite message.

July 29, 2015

What Is the Point of Tax Reform?


To achieve real economic growth, tax reform must be a tax cut.

July 22, 2015

The Federal Government Wants Even More of Your Personal Information


Given government's inability to protect sensitive personal information, public policy should move toward putting less, rather than more, taxpayer information in the hands of government.

 

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