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Tax Ballot Measures Proposition 119 and 120

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares On November 2, in addition to electing various city council and school board members, Colorado voters will decide two important questions of state tax policy. Proposition 120 would reduce property tax assessment rates for two subclasses of property and require the state to spend up to $25 million a year, for up to

What’s Going on with the Child Tax Credit Debate?

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares President Biden expanded and fundamentally changed the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for one year in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) passed in March 2021. Policymakers are now deciding the future of the expansion as part of the proposed reconciliation package, but a wide range of estimates for the effects of a permanent expansion

Reviewing How TCJA Impacted Deductions

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Two major provisions in the federal tax code have been limited since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017: the state and local tax (SALT) deduction and the home mortgage interest deduction (MID). Limiting the two provisions helped broaden the tax base, offsetting tax revenue loss from reduced tax rates. The

Analysis of SALT Cap Repeal Proposal

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares As policymakers weigh whether to lift or repeal the $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), they have to wrestle with how that change would primarily benefit high-earning taxpayers. As some have pointed out, other TCJA changes may further increase the benefits

Reviewing Business Tax Expenditures: Credit Union Tax Exemption

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Key Findings Policymakers should carefully analyze tax expenditures before categorizing one as a loophole—some tax expenditures are important structural elements of the tax code while others are unsound. Generally, if a provision is broadly available and helps to eliminate the double taxation of saving, or broadly contributes to a consumption tax base, it

Wyden Tax Proposals & Reconciliation

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Congressional lawmakers are putting together a reconciliation bill to enact much of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. Many lawmakers, however, want to make their own mark on the legislation. Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) has released his own proposals on a variety of tax issues that differ in some important

Don’t Add More Temporary Tax Policies in Budget Reconciliation

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares As policymakers consider using the budget reconciliation process to make tax changes and enact new spending programs, they may be inclined to add to an already growing list of temporary tax provisions. New temporary tax policy should be avoided in reconciliation. Temporary policy creates uncertainty for taxpayers and scheduling more expirations will add
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