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Things That Make You Say Hmmm

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares We welcome back guest blogger and commenter in chief, Bob Kamman.  As usual, Bob has found things that the rest of us overlook.  In addition to the interesting twists on the way things work that Bob discusses below, I received a message from Carl Smith who, though retired, still takes some interest in

Donor Disclosures, Income Measures, and Tax Prep

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares ISO: Funds to pay for infrastructure. Democrats and Republicans have been at loggerheads for weeks over how to pay for Biden’s big infrastructure bill, or some version of it. Democrats want to raise corporate taxes. Republicans say they want to raise unspecified user fees. Now a bipartisan group of eight senators is floating

Tax Relief for Families in Europe, 2021

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Most countries provide tax relief to families with children—typically through targeted tax breaks that lower income taxes. While all European OECD countries provide tax relief for families, its extent varies substantially across countries. One way to measure targeted tax relief for families is to compare the tax burdens on labor of a family

13 States That Tax Social Security Benefits

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Thirteen states tax Social Security benefits, a matter of significant interest to retirees. Each of these states has its own approach to determining what share of benefits is subject to tax, though these provisions can be grouped together into a few broad categories. Today’s map illustrates these approaches. Thirty-seven states and D.C. either

Oklahoma Tax Bill Included in Budget Agreement

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Last Friday, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) signed House Bills 2960, 2962, and 2963 into law as part of a budget agreement, bringing the legislature’s tax plans across the finish line. These bills will reduce the state’s corporate and individual income tax rates beginning in tax year 2022. House Bill 2960 reduces the

CBO Report on R&D and Tax Policy in the Pharmaceutical Industry

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The importance of research and development (R&D) spending by the pharmaceutical industry and its resulting innovations is clearer than ever as millions of people are getting vaccinated against COVID-19. In a new report, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analyzes federal policies that influence R&D spending in the pharmaceutical industry. The report highlights how

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