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HR3 Prescription Drug Bill | R&D Spending & Medical Innovation

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The technological advancements that allowed many employees to work from home and patients to seek medical care remotely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic would have been impossible without earlier investments in research & development (R&D). Likewise, thanks to decades of R&D in the pharmaceutical industry and the resulting technological breakthroughs, nearly every adult in

Avoids Tax Increases, Misses Opportunities

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The Senate has begun deliberations over a bipartisan plan to provide $550 billion in new spending for a wide range of infrastructure projects, including roads, bridges, public transit, broadband, and the electrical grid. The good news is that lawmakers avoided raising taxes to cover the cost of the new spending and instead used

Global Foreign Direct Investment | UN World Investment Report

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The United Nations (UN) recently released its annual “World Investment Report,” which shows the dramatic fall in global foreign direct investment (FDI) caused by the COVID-19 crisis. A partial recovery is expected for 2021, with the most optimistic scenario showing a return to 2019 FDI levels by 2022. However, uncertainty remains high, with

Net Operating Loss (NOL) Policies in the OECD

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Key Findings Net operating loss (NOL) deductions (carryforwards and carrybacks) help ensure that businesses are taxed on their average profitability, which makes the tax code more neutral across businesses and over time. Ideally, countries should allow their businesses to carry their losses forward and back without any limits. However, no OECD country with

Treasury State Tax Cuts Limitation Rule

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Last month, the U.S. Department of the Treasury promulgated an interim final rule regarding its implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provision restricting states’ ability to cut taxes. We previously outlined four questions Treasury needed to answer in its guidance and subsequently analyzed the text of the rule when it was

Value-Added Tax (VAT) Bases in Europe

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Today’s post will take a closer look at European OECD countries’ Value-Added Tax (VAT) bases. One way to measure a country’s Value-Added Tax base is the VAT revenue ratio. This ratio looks at the difference between the VAT revenue actually collected and collectable VAT revenue under a VAT that was applied at the standard

Wisconsin Budget Surplus Presents Opportunity for Future Growth

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares As Wisconsin legislators work to finalize the state budget for the fiscal year (FY) 2022-23 biennium that begins July 1, the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) on Tuesday reported the state has substantially more revenue to work with than was anticipated when the LFB issued revenue projections earlier this year. Specifically, the LFB’s
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