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Individual Income and Payroll Taxes Archive

Recent Changes in Top Personal Income Tax Rates in Europe, 2021

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares In 2019, revenue from personal income taxes made up 24 percent of total tax revenue across OECD countries. Countries tax labor income in various ways through payroll taxes, personal income taxes, and, in some cases, surtaxes. Between 2018 and 2021, eight European countries in the OECD changed their top personal income tax rates. Of these eight countries, four

2021 Spanish Regional Tax Competitiveness Index

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Note: Below is an excerpt of the 2021 Spanish Regional Tax Competitiveness Index (RTCI), a recent report published in collaboration with Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad. The RTCI for Spain is designed to analyze how well regions structure their tax systems, allows policymakers, businesses, and taxpayers to evaluate and measure how their regions’ tax

How Progressive is the US Tax System?

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares As Congress considers several tax proposals designed to raise taxes on high-income earners, it’s worth considering the distribution of the existing tax code. While the image that rich Americans pay little taxes is popular, it’s a misconception: high-income individuals already pay a large share of taxes, even when compared to their share of

House Democrats Pass-Through Business Tax

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Under the House Democrats’ reconciliation plan, the top tax rate on pass-through business income would exceed 50 percent in most states. Pass-through businesses, such as sole proprietorships, S corporations, and partnerships, make up a majority of businesses and majority of private sector employment in the United States. The owners of these firms pay individual income tax on income derived

Church Taxes | What If We Taxed Churches?

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares “If churches paid taxes,” runs a popular claim on social media (hashtag #taxthechurches), “everyone would only have to pay 3 percent taxes.” Other claims put the forgone tax revenue haul at $76 billion or $85 billion, oddly specific figures conspicuously lacking a meaningful citation. Whether spurred by a belief that government is improperly

Wyden Mark-to-Market Bill | Wyden Financial Services Tax Proposals

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has introduced a series of proposals that may be considered in the budget reconciliation process, including two bills that would change the tax treatment of financial services: derivatives and carried interest. Notably, both proposals would enact “mark-to-market” taxation for derivatives and carried interest, which could be a precursor to

Don’t Add More Temporary Tax Policies in Budget Reconciliation

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares As policymakers consider using the budget reconciliation process to make tax changes and enact new spending programs, they may be inclined to add to an already growing list of temporary tax provisions. New temporary tax policy should be avoided in reconciliation. Temporary policy creates uncertainty for taxpayers and scheduling more expirations will add
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