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Retirement Tax Benefits Exacerbate Racial Inequities

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares In a recent report co-authored with University of Chicago Professor Daniel Hemel, I described how our retirement tax system favors the rich disproportionately. But it’s worse than that:  Our system of generous tax subsidies for retirement savings—such as 401(k) plans, other defined contribution plans, and individual retirement accounts (IRAs)—also exacerbates racial inequities. Due

International Tax Proposals and Profit Shifting

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Profit shifting by multinationals poses a major challenge in international taxation. The ability of multinational enterprises to shift the location of profits from high-tax to low-tax jurisdictions and tax havens erodes the corporate income tax base in high-tax countries. For example, a multinational with patents owned by an Irish affiliate can shift profits

The House Returns For Quick Action, Maybe

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Pelosi tries to thread the fiscal needle. The House will meet this week to try to advance the Senate-passed infrastructure bill and budget resolution. But first, the House speaker will have to settle a dispute between Democratic moderates who want to vote on the infrastructure bill right away and progressives who want to

97 percent of small businesses exempt from Biden tax plan

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The Biden administration recently cited an analysis from Treasury claiming that “the President’s agenda will protect 97 percent of small business owners from income tax rate increases.” However, the figure is misleading. To assess the economic effect of higher marginal tax rates, it matters how much income or investment will be affected—not how

Increasing Share of U.S. Households Paying No Income Tax

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares On Wednesday, the Tax Policy Center (TPC) released estimates on the portion of households with no federal income tax liability, finding that in 2020, about 60.6 percent of households did not pay income tax, up from 43.6 percent of households in 2019. Much of the 2020 increase was due to pandemic-related factors, but

Sources of Personal Income in the US, 2021

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Key Findings Taxpayers reported nearly $11.8 trillion of total income on their 2018 tax returns. About 67 percent ($7.9 trillion) of the total income reported on Form 1040 consisted of wages and salaries, and 82 percent of all tax filers reported earning wage income. Retirement accounts such as 401(k)s and pensions are important

U.S. Global Minimum Tax Revenue Analysis

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The Biden administration has proposed significant changes to the tax rules that govern how much U.S. companies owe on their foreign profits while working to negotiate a global minimum tax. However, the global minimum tax and the Biden administration’s proposals are quite different. A recent Tax Foundation report dug into the details on
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