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Lawmakers Could Pay for Reconciliation While Improving the Tax Code

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares With corporate and individual rate hikes potentially out of the Build Back Better (BBB) reconciliation package, lawmakers are weighing alternative options to raise revenue. Rather than come up with complicated changes to the tax base, or untested proposals such as mark-to-market for billionaires, they should prioritize options that raise revenue while improving the

Democrats Top Income Tax Rate Would Be Among Highest in OECD

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Under the House Build Back Better Act, the average top tax rate on personal income would reach 52.3 percent, tying Sweden as the 9th  highest rate in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The House Build Back Better Act would raise the top federal marginal tax rate on ordinary income from 37 percent

Funding Is Unstable and Unsustainable

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares President Biden and congressional Democrats have justified their plan to raise taxes on the rich to fund much of their $3.5 trillion spending by claiming that the tax code is not progressive enough. Yet a recent Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) analysis of the House Ways and Means tax plan undermines that thesis

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

Taxes in House Plan Emphasizes Need For It

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Under the House Ways and Means plan to raise taxes on corporations and individuals, the integrated tax rate on corporate income would increase from 47.4 percent to 56.6 percent—the third highest in the OECD. To reduce this burden, policymakers could explore integrating the individual and corporate tax systems. Several developed countries have done

Should Tax Policy Play a Role in Tobacco Harm Reduction?

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Following the release of the House Democrats’ proposed Build Back Better Act, federal tobacco and nicotine taxation has been a hot topic in the United States. In an effort to raise roughly $100 billion, the House proposal would double cigarette taxes and increase all other tobacco and nicotine taxes to comparable rates—a strategy

Build Back Better Revenue Items

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Note: The following is the testimony of Dr. William McBride, Tax Foundation Vice President of Federal Tax and Economic Policy, prepared for a Joint Economic Committee hearing on October 6, 2021, titled, “Building Back Better: Raising Revenue to Invest in Shared Prosperity.” Chairman Beyer, Ranking Member Lee, and members of the Joint Economic Committee, thank

Which Industries Would the Tax Hikes Target?

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares A recent Tax Foundation analysis considered how various proposals from the Biden administration, from Congress, and from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development would affect the effective tax rates (ETRs) on the foreign profits of U.S. multinationals. That analysis focused on how each policy and proposal would affect the overall ETRs. But
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