The income tax’s ever-narrowing base simply cannot support the nation’s spending demands, Gleckman writes.
Payroll tax cuts might play a bigger role than many thought in reversing economic slumps, Gleckman writes, according to new research by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Republicans and Democrats are setting out fiscal goals that are light-years apart, Gleckman writes. Here are five stumbling blocks to a budget deal:
President Barack Obama's second inaugural address perfectly defined what will be the great domestic policy debate of not only the next four years but the next decade, Gleckman writes.
Under the 'fiscal cliff' deal, singles face a rate of 35 percent if their taxable income falls between $398,350 and $400,000, Gleckman writes. The bracket covers a grand total of $1,650.
A budget deal is unlikely to happen because all the incentives—both political and economic—are completely wrong, Gleckman writes.
The "fiscal cliff", which was to be the ultimate forcing mechanism, instead became something of legislative self-parody, Gleckman writes.
The "fiscal cliff" deal tells two important stories – Gleckman writes – one about budget policy and the other about budget politics.
TaxVox's Lump of Coal Awards covers a broad swath of fiscal policy missteps for the year.
In trying to reach a compromise on the 'fiscal cliff,' Democrats and Republicans seem determined to protect millions of high-income people from paying more taxes. But the working class could easily end up paying more.
Fiscal cliff talks are at an impasse, and there has been talk that House Republicans will pass the Middle Class Tax Cut Act approved by the Senate last summer. It's a problematic and ineffective idea.
With income tax deduction caps among the ideas considered in the fiscal cliff debate, the challenge becomes to raise revenue without discouraging giving, Gleckman writes.
Politicians can fight over whether some households should be exempt from tax increases, Gleckman writes, but can they at least stop claiming that 98 percent of us are middle-class?
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.