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Reducing the Tax Gap and Simplifying the Tax Code

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Key Findings The tax gap is the gap between what taxpayers owe the U.S. government, and what the government actually collects from taxpayers. Tax compliance efforts ensure that tax law applies evenly to all taxpayers. At the same time, we would like to avoid placing undue compliance burdens on taxpayers. Reducing the tax

Coverdell Education Savings Account

TweetShareSharePin0 SharesCoverdell Education Savings Account As an alternative to student loans or regular education plans, the Federal Government offers Coverdell Education Savings Account. This is actually an incentive for parents and students so that they can save a portion of their earnings or income in order to finance education expenses. Why Get a Coverdell Education

FCC’s Proposed Change Could Raise Phone Taxes

TweetShareSharePin0 SharesFCC’s Proposed Change Could Raise Phone Taxes Americans are speaking out against a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that could raise millions of people’s phone bills. The proposal by FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has to do with a tax called the Universal Service Fund (USF). The USF tax was established to help

Tax revenues in Asia and the Pacific hit by pre-COVID economic slowdown

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently published a report on tax revenue statistics in selected Asian and Pacific countries. The report, covering 24 tax jurisdictions, provides tax revenue data from 1990 to 2019 and includes a section on nontax revenue data for selected Asian and Pacific economies. Additionally, a special feature co-authored

Lawmakers Still Feuding Over… Lawmaking.

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Darkness before…what?  Bipartisan negotiators had hoped to have an agreement by yesterday on a big infrastructure bill. Instead, public feuding continued over how to fund the measure and how to spend the money. Making matters worse, former president Trump has weighed in, urging Hill Republicans to walk away from talks until 2022. Majority

Do You Know How Income Taxes Are Calculated?

TweetShareSharePin0 SharesDo You Know How Income Taxes Are Calculated? This is the first of a series of 2007 Tax reference sheets that I’ll be sharing with you over the next month or so. This one focuses on some of the major federal income tax key numbers. I’ll do future ones for estate planning, retirement planning

DC Income Tax Hike Helps Maryland and Virginia, Not DC

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The District of Columbia weathered the pandemic with stable tax collections, down less than 1 percent in FY 2020 while recovering above pre-pandemic levels in FY 2021. Yet, even as lawmakers in eleven states have cut income taxes this year, the D.C. Council has responded to surpluses and growth by voting to include

Sports Owners Deductions & Amortization

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Over the past few weeks the media has reported on how wealthy taxpayers who own sports teams lower their tax liability by deducting the cost of purchasing a sports team over 15 years. Contrary to claims that deducting the cost of a sports team from taxable income is a “loophole,” such deductions are

Still Talking, A Warning, And A Target

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares One stop short of an infrastructure deal? That bipartisan group of senators still hopes to have an agreement as soon as today, but differences remain. GOP Sen. Rob Portman says one hang-up has been how much to spend on mass transit—Democrats want to spend more and Republicans want to spend less. Negotiators still

Tax Complexity for Multinationals is Growing: Survey

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Initial data from a global survey on tax complexity shows that the overall level of tax complexity for multinational businesses has substantially increased between 2018 and 2020—much like it did between 2016 and 2018. These are the initial results from the third edition of the Tax Complexity Index—a project carried out jointly by
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