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November 21, 2014 - 11:12 AM EST
Magnum Opus: “Paying Taxes 2015: The Global Picture”
by Robert Goulder
These days there are comparative metrics for everything, including the varying degrees of efficiency (or lack thereof) in tax regimes around the world. A new, unique report by the World Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers takes on the ambitious task of tracking tax compliance burdens across 189 economies worldwide.
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November 19, 2014 - 3:15 PM EST
Bad News for State Public Pension Plans
by Cara Griffith
New research has come out revealing the level at which state public pension plans are underfunded, and it’s not good news.
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November 19, 2014 - 12:04 PM EST
Stop Listening to People Like Warren Buffett on Taxes
by David Brunori
Many Americans were enamored by Warren Buffett’s calls for higher taxes, but actions speak louder than words.
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November 17, 2014 - 11:35 AM EST
Why the Upcoming Battle Over Expiring Tax Provisions Matters -- A Lot
by Martin A. Sullivan
Strange as it may seem, the fate of tax reform may depend on how Congress extends expiring tax provisions.
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November 11, 2014 - 4:44 PM EST
Democrats Getting What They Deserve on Medical Device Tax
by Joseph J. Thorndike
Apparently, the medical device tax (MDT) is one of America’s biggest problems. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has made its repeal one of his top priorities. Device manufacturers are prepping for a victory celebration after bankrolling a multiyear campaign that seems ready to bear fruit. Even Wall Street is getting ready, with analysts noting the upside for device manufacturers.
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November 11, 2014 - 9:01 AM EST
A Republican Königgrätz?
by Jeremy Scott
Republicans control both chambers of Congress again, but they are in danger of being unable to pass significant legislation, tax or otherwise, over the next two years. In 2016 the GOP faces the prospect of being swept away by another Democratic presidential victory and an unfavorable Senate map. Republicans must find a way to pass immigration or tax reform, or discover some other way to rebrand themselves as a party capable of governing to broaden their appeal.
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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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April 29, 2014 - 9:00 AM EDT
Dreams of Tax Reform
by Clint Stretch
At the risk of revealing too much of my sentimental side, I have to admit that I’m a huge Patsy Cline fan. So I recently found myself at the small but carefully curated Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va., which is holding a special exhibit on Patsy’s life and career.
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