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Tax Court Inconsistent on Economic Hardship

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Before I embark on a discussion of this innocent spouse case, I want to pause for a brief commercial interlude.  My fellow blogger, Christine Speidel, and my colleague at Harvard, Audrey Patten, have just published, through the ABA Tax Section, the third edition of “A Practitioner’s Guide to Innocent Spouse Relief.”  I read

Economic Well-Being Improved in 2021, But Will It Continue?

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Even though jobs are plentiful and wages are up, many families still face a shaky economic outlook. Higher than average inflation, which tends to hit low- and middle-income families hardest, will likely persist in 2022. A rental crisis looms. Either  could undo gains in financial well-being found at the end of 2021 by

Economic Well-Being, A Blown Deadline, And Faster Rebates

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Americans hated the economy in 2021 but loved their own financial situation. A new Federal Reserve Board survey, taken last Fall, found that 78% of the households it surveyed said they were either “doing okay” or “living comfortably,” the highest level since the Fed first took the survey in 2013. Many positive responses

Business Tax Reform Critical to Economic Recovery Set to Expire Soon

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares At a moment when we are seeing clear weaknesses in supply chains and needs for gearing production toward more environmentally friendly approaches, capital investment is critical. Policymakers have an opportunity to change a coming decline in investment incentives by adopting permanent policies to support growth. Expiring tax policies in major economies could create

10 Tax Reforms for Economic Growth and Opportunity

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Key Findings The waning pandemic and robust economic recovery have come with many benefits—plentiful jobs and fast-growing (nominal) incomes—but also serious challenges such as high and rising inflation. Rather than pushing for more fiscal stimulus or leaving it to the Federal Reserve to handle inflation through higher interest rates, policymakers should focus on

Some Notes on Economic Reality and Section 7602(e)

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares We welcome back Bob Kamman who writes today about the past and how it matters in having a full understanding of the current debate forbidding the use of financial status or economic reality examination techniques.  Like Bob, I remember when the IRS rolled out economic audits.  His remembrances and insights help inform the

EU To Table A Digital Tax Proposal In October

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels 15 September 2021 The European Commission has committed to tabling a proposal for a digital tax in October, whether or not an international agreement surfaces from OECD-led talks on new international tax rules for the world’s largest firms. The pledge was made after members of the European Parliament

US Lawmakers Approve New Cryptoassets Reporting Rules

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington 25 August 2021 The US Senate has approved the inclusion of new provisions in the bipartisan infrastructure bill to require intermediaries involved in cryptocurrency trading to report details about transactions. Despite concerns raised by various lawmakers that the provisions fail to provide clarity about who the reporting

Hong Kong Discusses US Termination Of Shipping Tax Pact

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong 25 August 2021 The Hong Kong Government has said it is looking at potential measures to support the shipping industry following the decision by the US Government to terminate the two territories’ agreement that exempted shipping industry income from tax. US authorities announced in October 2020

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