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A Budget In Two Week; Tracking Pandemic Relief Dollars

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares White House will release its budget on  May 27. President Biden will release his full 2022 budget two weeks from now. It will include projections for mandatory spending such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as well as more details on discretionary spending and tax proposals. It’s expected to unify his $1.5 trillion

A Budget In Two Weeks; Tracking Pandemic Relief Dollars

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares White House will release its budget on  May 27. President Biden will release his full 2022 budget two weeks from now. It will include projections for mandatory spending such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as well as more details on discretionary spending and tax proposals. It’s expected to unify his $1.5 trillion

Treasury Will Allow States to Take ARP Funds and Cut Taxes, With Some Guardrails

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares On Monday, the U.S. Treasury Department released much-anticipated guidance for the American Recovery Plan’s (ARP) $350 billion in direct state and local aid, including details on how it will implement the law’s restriction on using ARP funds for state tax cuts. Treasury’s rules give states plenty of flexibility. But there are limits, and

How Existing Budgetary Commitments Could Affect President Biden’s Domestic Policy Goals

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying recession laid bare many of the needs of working families and children, as well as federal, state, and local governments’ historic inattention to public health needs and preventative health care. In 2020, Congress responded by enacting approximately $3.5 trillion in economic relief bills. So far this year, it

Business Tax Lessons from Down Under

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares This week the Australian government released its latest budget proposal and two policies that stand out in its fiscal response to the pandemic should be helpful as the economic engine of the country turns back on. The first is full expensing for some investments and the second is the introduction of a loss

Inflation or a price blip? And a red line?

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Inflation or a short-term price increase? Consumer prices rose a steep 4.2 percent in April compared to a year earlier, the biggest jump since 2008. Economists and policymakers must now try to understand whether the bump is a sign of inflation or merely a short-term increase that reflects temporary supply shortages and rising

Dividend Tax Rates in Europe

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Many countries’ personal income tax systems tax various sources of individual income—including investment income such as dividends and capital gains. Today’s map shows how dividend income is taxed across European OECD countries. A dividend is a payment made to a corporation’s shareholders from corporate after-tax profits. In most countries, such dividend payments are

State Sales Tax Collections per Capita

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares This week’s map looks at state and local sales tax collections per capita. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have state-levied sales taxes. Five states—Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon—do not collect sales taxes at the state level, although Alaska allows localities to impose local sales taxes. In fiscal year (FY) 2018, the

Taxing Unrealized Capital Gains at Death Proposal

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares As part of the tax proposals in President Biden’s American Families Plan (AFP), unrealized capital gains over $1 million would be taxed at death. However, this policy would likely raise less revenue than advocates expect after considering the proposal’s impact on taxpayer behavior, including capital gains realizations, and historical capital gains and estate
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