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Treasury State Tax Cuts Limitation Rule Raises New Questions

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Today, the U.S. Treasury issued an interim final rule on the $350 billion in State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provided under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The proposed rule resolves several important questions but continues to involve the federal government in state finances at an extraordinary level. Most astonishingly, the rule

Details & Analysis of State Digital Tax Proposals

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Key Findings Digital advertising, social media, and data tax proposals have been introduced in nine states following enactment of Maryland’s digital advertising tax, which has since been postponed a year due to administrative and legal challenges. Motivations for these taxes vary, from misperceptions that there is currently a tax loophole to a belief

Risks and the Potential for Disputes

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Policymakers often suffer from partial analysis. They look at a problem and provide a solution they think would address the initial challenge. But what is often ignored is the response to the solution. People are creative, and they can often see opportunities to react when governments design policies. Recent analysis by Texas A&M

One More Week Until Tax Day…

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares There’s a paper jam at the IRS. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), in a recent interim report on the 2021 tax filing season, finds that a “lack of functioning printers and copiers contribute to the inability to reduce backlogs” at the IRS. TIGTA found that  42 percent of printers and

Tax Relief, Tax Scrutiny | Tax Policy Center

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Will taxing capital gains at death hurt farmers? Democratic lawmakers representing rural districts want assurances that owners of family farms and small businesses will be protected from President Biden’s proposal to tax at death capital gains exceeding $1 million.  June will be appropriations month in the House. Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro says

American Families Plan: Details and Analysis

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The Biden administration’s proposed American Families Plan (AFP) would partially pay for about $1.8 trillion in new federal spending on education and family programs with about $661 billion in additional taxes on higher-income individuals and pass-through businesses like partnerships, sole proprietorships, and S corporations. The tax system would become more progressive than under

Debt Limits, Trust, and Optimism

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Get ready for the debt limit crisis. Treasury warned that it may have to take its usual “extraordinary measures” to keep the federal government funded after July 31. It added, however, “In light of the substantial Covid-related uncertainty about receipts and outlays in the coming months, it is very difficult to predict how

Top Personal Income Tax Rates in Europe

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Most countries’ personal income taxes have a progressive structure, meaning that the tax rate paid by individuals increases as they earn higher wages. The highest tax rate individuals pay differs significantly across European OECD countries—as shown in today’s map. The top statutory personal income tax rate applies to the share of income that
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