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How do income taxes affect the economy?

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Key Findings Research almost invariably shows a negative relationship between income tax rates and gross domestic product (GDP). The mobility of higher-skilled and higher income earners in an open economy works against the effort of progressive state and local tax systems to achieve long-term redistribution of income. The likelihood of an employed head

RSC Budget for FY 2023

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The Republican Study Committee (RSC) released its FY 2023 budget today, led by Budget and Spending Task Force Chair Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK) and RSC Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN), and prescribes several pro-growth tax reforms that would simplify the tax code and encourage business investment. Among the most impactful reforms are permanence for

Biden Tax Increases & 2023 Budget Proposal: Details & Analysis

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares This week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will testify before the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee on President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Proposals. Combined with the tax increases in the Build Back Better Act (BBBA), which the budget assumes becomes law, President Biden would raise revenues by $4

Biden Minimum Tax on Billionaires Unrealized Capital Gains

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares This week, President Biden introduced a new tax proposal as part of the White House fiscal year 2023 budget to raise taxes on households with net wealth over $100 million. The proposal would require wealthy households to remit taxes on unrealized capital gains from assets such as stocks, bonds, or privately held companies.

Arizona Flat Tax? Potential for a Flat Income Tax in AZ

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The saga of Proposition 208, Arizona’s income surtax, appears to have finally reached its conclusion but some structural uncertainly remains. The initiated state statute, which assessed a 3.5 percent surtax on income over $250,000 ($500,000 for joint filers), was approved by voters on Election Day 2020. But by the end of November, a

Iowa Tax Reform: Details & Analysis

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares When Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union Address on March 1, she touted a state tax reform package on which the ink was barely dry: “Today, I signed legislation that eliminates Iowa’s tax on retirement income and sets our tax rate at 3.9 percent.

Georgia Income Tax Reform Would Improve Competitiveness

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares This year’s state legislative sessions have been characterized by a focus on tax policy, with five states already enacting significant individual or corporate income tax reform. Lawmakers in Georgia aren’t interested in being left behind. While HB 1437 was previously a placeholder bill, the sponsors have now shared their plan to consolidate Georgia’s

Top Personal Income Tax Rates in Europe, 2022

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Most countries’ personal income taxes have a progressive structure, meaning that the tax rate paid by individuals increases as they earn higher wages. The highest income tax rate individuals pay differs significantly across European OECD countries—as shown in today’s map. The top statutory personal income tax rate applies to the share of income

Wealth Taxes in the OECD and Lessons for the U.S.

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Recent discussions of a proposed wealth tax for the United States have included little information about trends in wealth taxation among other developed nations. However, those trends and the current state of wealth taxes in OECD countries can provide context for U.S. proposals. The OECD maintains detailed tax revenue statistics for its 38

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