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A 15% VAT Rate Is Possible by Scrapping Reduced Rates

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The European Parliamentary Research Service recently released a report evaluating the compliance costs for businesses and consumers of the current value-added tax (VAT) system and analyzing the environmental and social effects of reduced VAT rates. The report concludes that reducing the VAT gap—the difference between the tax collected and the tax that should

House Tobacco Proposals Defy Biden’s Tax Pledge

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares House Democrats’ newly released $3.5 trillion tax legislation includes a tax increase on tobacco, nicotine, and vapor products levied on tobacco manufacturers. But ultimately it would fall heavily on tobacco consumers—many of the group that earns less than $400,000 that President Biden pledged would not see a tax increase. According to the Joint

A Big To-Do List Awaits Congress’ Return

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Ways & Means Democrats release their tax plan. The 645-page committee draft includes scores of tax breaks, including extending most of this year’s expansions of refundable tax credits through 2025 while making refundability of the Child Tax Credit permanent and extending or increasing a long list of alternative energy tax breaks. Separately, Chair

Was The Senate’s Heated Crypto Tax Reporting Debate Much Ado About Nothing?

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares When Congress debates major legislation, the public often focuses on a single narrow issue—one frequently irrelevant to the main point of the bill. It happened when the Senate debated the $1 trillion infrastructure measure last month: Many paid outsized attention to tax reporting for cryptocurrency, a proposal that would have funded less than

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

Infrastructure Investment, Taxes, and Inflation

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares On August 23rd, Jared Bernstein and Ernie Tedeschi, two members of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, released a blog post arguing that the Biden administration’s spending agenda would help keep long-term inflation in check. Their theoretical argument is sound: in the long run, productivity enhancements should put downward pressure on prices. However,

3 Issues with the Proposals

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Earlier this year, Maryland legislators overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s (R) veto of HB732, approving a digital advertising tax, the first of its kind in the country. But legislators punted several crucial questions to the state comptroller, who last week submitted proposed regulations for the digital advertising tax to the state Joint Committee on
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