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Biden Tax Compliance & Tax Enforcement Plan to Improve Tax Collection

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Recent Biden administration proposals rely heavily on revenue from better Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax collections to fund spending initiatives. The American Families Plan uses several avenues to reduce the tax gap (or the difference between taxes paid and taxes owed), from increasing the IRS’s tax enforcement budget to improving information technology and

Does Your State Have an Individual Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)?

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares This week’s map shows the five states that have an Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) in their individual income tax codes: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, and Minnesota. Under an individual alternative minimum tax, many taxpayers are required to calculate their income tax liability under two systems and pay the higher amount. The federal AMT was created in 1963,

Cities with Highest Sales Tax | Sales Tax Rates by City

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Key Findings There are over 11,000 sales tax jurisdictions in the United States, with widely varying rates. Among major cities, Tacoma, Washington imposes the highest combined state and local sales tax rate, at 10.30 percent. Five other cities—Fremont, Los Angeles, and Oakland, California; Chicago, Illinois; and Seattle, Washington—are tied for the second highest

The COVID-19 Pandemic Drove A Huge, But Temporary, Increase in Households That Did Not Pay Federal Income Tax

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The COVID-19 pandemic and the policy response to it led to an extraordinary increase in the number of American households that owed no federal individual income tax in 2020. The Tax Policy Center estimates that last year more than 107 million households, or nearly 61 percent, owed no income tax or even received

Wyden 199A Pass-through Deduction Proposal: Analysis

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) recently introduced the Small Business Tax Fairness Act—the impact of which we modeled—to reform the Section 199A pass-through business deduction created in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017. The provision currently allows taxpayers to deduct up to 20 percent of their qualified business income from their

US International Tax Reform Options

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares As lawmakers in Congress consider ways to change tax rules, a recent Tax Foundation study shows the effects of four options to overhaul the United States’ international tax regime. These options include changes to policies such as the corporate tax rate, Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI), Foreign Derived Intangible Income (FDII), Qualified Business

American Rescue Plan Expanded Premium Tax Credit

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares August 15th was the deadline to take advantage of the premium tax credits (PTC) originally provided in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and recently expanded in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Future extensions may provide longer-lasting benefits, although the extensions may create trade-offs for consumer choice and program costs. The ACA provided

Will The House Pass A Budget Next Week?

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Democratic sparring continues over the budget.  Looking to balance demands of moderates and progressives, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she may ask the House to consider both the Senate-passed infrastructure bill and a $3.5 trillion budget resolution as soon as next week. She took the step after nine moderate Democrats said they would

Mega IRAs Reflect Mega Legislative Mistakes

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Mega-IRAs are hot this summer, following a June 2021 report by the nonprofit news service ProPublica that revealed—based on leaked IRS files—that a handful of high-net-worth individuals have accumulated massive individual retirement account (IRA) balances. The congressional Joint Committee on Taxation also reported that in 2019 more than 28,000 taxpayers owned IRAs worth
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