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Jacques Delors’ EU Single Market & Tax Policy

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares On 1 January 1993, the European Union launched the Single Market by abolishing border controls between EU Member States and ensuring the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital (otherwise known as the EU’s four freedoms). Thirty years later, the liberal economic principles that have driven the EU Single Market’s success are

2023 Tax Filing Season: Tax Season Delays & Complexity

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares As Americans prepare to file their 2022 tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) remains mired in a backlog of millions of returns from previous tax filing seasons. The National Taxpayer Advocate issued a warning to lawmakers in her annual report to Congress that the backlog creates “challenges for the 2023 tax filing

US-EU Tax & Trade Issues in 2023 | Transatlantic Trade

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares There are many changes coming to Washington, D.C., now that Republicans have taken control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Uncertainty surrounds President Biden’s ability to pass his economic agenda through a divided Congress and few can predict the path U.S. tax policy will take at home or abroad. However, despite a bleak

CBAM | EU Carbon Border Tax: Details & Analysis

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Last week, the European Union approved the world’s first Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). Well, in name anyway. The mechanism is a key aspect of the EU’s broader Fit for 55 package which aims to cut 55 percent of net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the EU by 2030. It’s also a foundational

EU Subsidies & Inflation Reduction Act

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares French President Macron is coming to Washington, D.C., this week to ask President Biden the question on the minds of European leaders: “Why did you do this to us?” When President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, he put many European companies at a disadvantage unless they move production to the

Federal Tax & Budget Policy During the Lame Duck

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Two weeks after the 2022 midterm elections, it’s becoming clearer where tax policy may be headed for the rest of the year and into 2023. In the short term, Congress must deal with tax extenders and expiring business tax provisions that may undermine the economy. Next year, the return of divided government and

Inflation Reduction Act EU Tax & Trade Cooperation: EV Tax Credit

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Over the last six months, European perceptions of the Inflation Reduction Act have been a rollercoaster. European policymakers were hopeful that the Inflation Reduction Act would implement Janet Yellen’s Pillar Two commitment at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). But hope turned to disappointment when the final text was fundamentally different from

Carbon Tax Revenue Recycling: Carbon Tax Border Adjustment

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Key Findings Carbon leakage occurs when a climate policy in one jurisdiction leads to emissions-producing activity simply shifting to a different jurisdiction. Leakage raises both environmental concerns—as it undermines emissions reduction efforts—and economic concerns. In the aggregate, leakage is relatively small, but it could have an outsized impact on specific emissions-intensive, trade-exposed (EITE)

California Tax Increases: Details & Analysis

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares California is awash in plans to raise taxes. An under-the-radar piece of legislation will functionally increase the top marginal income tax rate by 1.1 percent in 2024 (with administrative authority to bring it to 1.5 percent), while a pending ballot measure would add a new 1.75 percent surcharge on the income of the

“Tax Fairness” & EU Energy Security

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares On 30 September, the Council of the European Union agreed to impose an EU-wide windfall profits tax on fossil fuel companies to fund relief for households and businesses facing high energy prices (due primarily to Putin’s war on Ukraine). Given the dire economic environment for families and the urgency to transition away from

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