When Congress has tough decisions to make, they trot out euphemisms like fiscal cliff, tax loopholes and entitlements, Gleckman writes.
Democrats and Republicans may say they're far apart, but both sides are looking for a deal on the fiscal cliff, Gleckman writes.
With his reelection Tuesday, President Obama faces a second term full of painful choices on issues ranging from the fiscal cliff to Medicare and Medicaid, Gleckman writes.
Gleckman asks: How do both presidential candidates get away with dodging critical fiscal issues on the campaign trail? We let them, he answers.
Howard Gleckman offers a breakdown of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's proposed tax plan.
Gleckman offers a description of what President Barack Obama has pledged to do on tax policy if he is reelected president in November.
President Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney have very similar tax plans, Gleckman writes, but there are some key differences.
The campaign of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has criticized the Tax Policy Center for new research that provides evidence that a deduction cap is a pretty good, though insufficient, idea, Gleckman writes.
Gleckman takes a closer look at a new analysis of tax reform by the Joint Committee on Taxation. His perspective may offer some relief to tax reformers.
Under Mitt Romney's tax plan, an across-the-board cut would allow the top 1 percent to pay less in taxes, as Obama charges. But they could still pay the same overall share, as Romney claims, if taxes go down for everyone.
The presidential debate showed almost nothing new about how either Romney or Obama would govern over the next four years, Gleckman writes.
Gleckman asks: Will it take the fear of a financial market collapse and a cliff-driven recession to change the karma on Capitol Hill? Or, can Congress find an easier route to fiscal sanity by ducking the coming showdown?
Americans could face an average tax hike of almost $3,500 in 2013 if Congress goes over the fiscal cliff, Gleckman writes. The looming fiscal cliff poses a major threat for the US economy.
Gleckman offers five suggestions for reducing the portion of Americans who do not pay federal income tax.
Romney has promised a 20 percent across-the-board tax rate cut, and some say he'll pay for it with higher taxes on low- and middle-income households. Gleckman's not convinced.
Gleckman profiles a single mom who likely owes no income tax thanks largely to the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.
There are so many things the former Massachusetts governor could learn from the former California governor’s presidential campaigns. But I have in mind only one lesson not learned by Mitt Romney — how Reagan ran on tax reform in 1984.
Revisions in the definition of the corporate income tax may assume that workers bear some of the corporate tax burden.
Convention speeches are not supposed to be State of the Union laundry lists. They are intended to frame a candidate’s vision. But for that vision to mean anything, it needs to be buttressed by real policy. And that went missing at both conventions, though in very different ways.
Tax subsidies and mandatory savings systems are both policies designed to promote saving and investing, but which is more effective?