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Death and Taxes

TweetShare1SharePin1 Shares On the substantive side of tax issues Congress is focusing on death and taxes as it studies and debates whether to eliminate the stepped up basis currently given to property upon the death of the owner.  This debate is not new.  When I was in law school in the mid-1970s taking a class

Reviewing the Impact of Taxes on Economic Growth

TweetShare1SharePin1 Shares With the Biden administration proposing a variety of new taxes, it is worth revisiting the literature on how taxes impact economic growth. In 2012, we published a review of the evidence, noting that most studies find negative impacts. However, many papers have been written since, some using more sophisticated empirical methods to identify

Calling the Number Provided in IRS Correspondence

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares This has been a tough year for the IRS.  For a variety of reasons not the least of which is the pandemic, it has faced numerous challenges.  My understanding is that its performance in answering the general phone line during the filing season ranged somewhere between 2-5% which is not good but it’s

Action Or Inaction, Taxes May Have Only One Way to Go

TweetShare1SharePin12 Shares “Raise ‘em now, we’ll cut ‘em later when we’re back in power.” That’s the message from congressional Republicans to their Democratic colleagues. NBC News  looks at the positioning. Republicans already are attacking Democrats in swing districts for wanting to raise taxes and for backing new funding for IRS enforcement (even though many Republicans

Action Or Inaction, Taxes May Have Only One Way to Go

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares “Raise ‘em now, we’ll cut ‘em later when we’re back in power.” That’s the message from congressional Republicans to their Democratic colleagues. NBC News  looks at the positioning. Republicans already are attacking Democrats in swing districts for wanting to raise taxes and for backing new funding for IRS enforcement (even though many Republicans

COBRA premium assistance credit under ARPA clarified

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares In 86 questions and answers, the IRS in Notice 2021-31 gave employers, health care plans, and insurers background and clarifications on how to provide premium assistance for COBRA health care continuation benefits to affected employees and other beneficiaries and claim a corresponding tax credit. The temporary premium assistance and credit are available under

Advanced Child Tax Credit

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Congress has passed legislation creating a much expanded child tax credit (CTC) and requiring the IRS to make advance payments of the CTC during the 2021 tax year starting in July.  The expanded credit provides a $3,600 credit for every child under 6 and a $3,000 credit for every child under 17.  The

How nonfilers can claim advance child tax credit payments

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares In Rev. Proc. 2021-24, the IRS clarified how individuals who are not otherwise required to file 2020 federal income tax returns can claim advance child tax credit (CTC) payments as well as stimulus payments (i.e., third-round economic impact payments, 2020 recovery rebate credit payments, and additional 2020 recovery rebate credit payments). To process

Further Initial Thoughts on CIC Services

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares In this brief post and following on Professor Bryan Camp’s discussion, I offer some initial observations on the Supreme Court’s CIC Services opinion.  As Keith noted in his introduction to Bryan’s post, I am not disinterested in this issue-with the Harvard Clinic and on behalf of the Center for Taxpayer Rights I helped
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