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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

Don’t Copy European Drug Pricing Policies that Reduced R&D Innovation

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares U.S. companies succeed and maintain their success by engaging in research & development (R&D) that results in innovative products and services reaching customers around the world. But U.S. policies that create tax or regulatory penalties, such as the drug pricing and excise tax proposal lawmakers are considering in the reconciliation package, can curtail

Patent Box Regimes in Europe, 2021

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Patent box regimes (also referred to as intellectual property, or IP, regimes) provide lower effective tax rates on income derived from IP. Most commonly, eligible types of IP are patents and software copyrights. Depending on the patent box regime, income derived from IP can include royalties, licensing fees, gains on the sale of

HR3 Prescription Drug Bill | R&D Spending & Medical Innovation

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The technological advancements that allowed many employees to work from home and patients to seek medical care remotely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic would have been impossible without earlier investments in research & development (R&D). Likewise, thanks to decades of R&D in the pharmaceutical industry and the resulting technological breakthroughs, nearly every adult in
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