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December 19, 2014 - 10:49 AM EST
Tax Reform on Steroids: A Progressive VAT to Appease Conservatives?
by Robert Goulder
A U.S. senator has introduced tax reform legislation that would fundamentally transform how Americans pay for the cost of government. The bill would slash the corporate rate in half and exempt most Americans from the income tax. And it would do all this without exploding the deficit. But there's a catch.
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December 18, 2014 - 9:03 AM EST
Did Next Year’s Holiday Gift Shopping Just Get Easier?
by Clint Stretch
President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba may add Cuban cigars and Cuban rum to next year’s holiday gift possibilities. This would certainly make life easier for anyone who wants to give me a gift, and I suspect I’m not alone.
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December 17, 2014 - 11:44 AM EST
A Champion for Tax Reform
by Cara Griffith
Robert Plattner, the State Tax Notes person of the year, deserves recognition for consistently championing tax reform.
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December 16, 2014 - 9:34 AM EST
Slashed Budget Shows IRS's Failure to Build Political Support
by Jeremy Scott
Over the weekend the Democrat-controlled Senate agreed to an omnibus spending bill that included deep reductions to IRS funding. For the last few years, the nation's tax collector has thumbed its nose at conservatives, and now the bill for that action has finally come due.
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December 15, 2014 - 12:33 PM EST
Will Orrin Hatch Lead on Tax Reform?
by Martin A. Sullivan
We got a tax reform report from the staff of the incoming chair of the Senate Finance Committee. What we really need is a bill from the chairman.
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December 10, 2014 - 1:30 PM EST
Wall Street Journal Prefers Ignorance to Expertise
by Joseph J. Thorndike
The Wall Street Journal wants to banish expertise from Capitol Hill – at least when it comes to economic policy. In a defiantly anti-intellectual editorial, the paper suggested recently that Congress abolish both the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation.
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December 10, 2014 - 9:28 AM EST
Mississippi’s Very Good Idea to Help its Poor
by David Brunori
Mississippi's proposed plan to create a 15 percent earned income tax credit for low-income working families is a very good idea.
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September 25, 2014 - 2:15 PM EDT
The Hobgoblin of Little Minds
by Christopher Bergin
The Obama Administration has been working feverishly all summer to create a scary new Halloween character for this year: the corporate tax inversion.
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September 19, 2014 - 10:07 AM EDT
Renouncing the Dogma of Surrey’s Infallibility
by Ajay Gupta
Treasury’s export of Stanley Surrey’s arm’s-length standard was perhaps the most successful case of ideological conversion in the arena of international tax policy. Even as the United States inches away from that construct, the OECD clings to it with a zeal befitting a convert. Treasury may very well have to renounce the dogma of Surrey’s infallibility before true reform in the global transfer pricing regime can take place.
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July 11, 2014 - 9:39 AM EDT
International Tax Trending
by Mindy Herzfeld
This week’s international tax highlights include Jean-Claude Juncker’s agenda for EU tax policy, changes in the IRS’ international administration, and continued assertiveness by the U.S. and other governments in pursuing tax evasion while BEPS goes into sleep mode.
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