The past 12 months were a banner year for bad ideas and their perpetrators. We've picked out the worst top 10 ideas and hope history won't repeat itself for 2015.
Lawmakers scuttled an effort to permanently extend a number of tax breaks—largely because many feared it would open the door to widespread use of refundable tax credits by undocumented immigrants covered by President Obama’s recent executive order. Is their concern justified?
Congress yesterday announced a $1.01 trillion deal but still will need a short-term extension to prevent a government shut-down. Meanwhile, congressional negotiators scramble to wrap up several policy disputes, approve or pass other bills, budget cuts, and more before the holidays.
The House is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a $1.1 trillion spending bill expected to be released today. Meanwhile, the IRS oversight report is out and the Congress is about to pass the compromise spending bill.
Two provisions that are enormously important to low- and moderate-income households-the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are set to expire after 2017. They are relatively inexpensive ways to promote work and family, and Congress should make them permanent.
The House may vote this week on a one-year retroactive tax break extension. As many as one in six taxpayers could be affected without an extension of the 60 or more tax breaks.
Oil prices are dropping…fast. This may be good news for drivers but not so good for a handful of states that use energy tax revenue to help fund their budgets.
US could reduce its contribution to global climate change by taxing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses and use the resulting revenue to reduce corporate income taxes. This carbon-corporate tax swap would make our economy bigger, cleaner, and more efficient.
On Election Day, voters proved once again that increasing the gas tax is a political loser. And that’s a problem.
State governments face at least a $1 trillion gap between pensions promised to their employees and retirees and the funds set aside to cover these liabilities. There are ways out of the pension pickle, but none of them are easy.
According to official budget rules, taxpayers will earn more than $200 billion over the next decade from new student loans, mortgage guarantees, and the Export-Import Bank. According to an alternative that CBO favors, taxpayers will lose more than $100 billion.
Standard and Poor's got a lot of attention last week for a study that concluded that rising income inequality is damaging state tax revenues. State tax revenue growth has slowed in recent decades and income inequality has grown, but the story is far more complicated than S&P suggests.
Policy makers and researchers have long been interested in how potential changes to the personal income tax system affect the size of the overall economy. A new paper examines the possibilities.
The NFL's tax-exempt status is not high on the Congressional to-do list, but that's not keeping some senators, including New Jersey's Cory Booker, from trying to repeal it over the NFL's response to domestic violence charges against its players.
Michigan lawmakers were fired up following an unfavorable state Supreme Court decision in a lawsuit brought by IBM. With astounding speed and overwhelming bipartisan support the legislature swooped in and passed a law blocking an unexpected $1 billion in corporate tax refunds.
Recent projections from the Congressional Budget have contained nuggets of seemingly good news: including falling debt and Medicare costs. But there are a few key facts that might give one pause in claiming 'victory' in the deficit wars.
After Burger King announced its plans to buy Canada’s Tim Hortons and move north, Ohio’s Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown has called for his constituents to eat at Ohio-based burger chains instead. If Burger King’s plan succeeds, it would become the world’s third-largest fast food company.
Corporate inversions are all the rage these days. They yield tax benefits and may boost after-tax profits, but they can also leave shareholders with unwanted capital gains and big tax bills.
Tax-free holidays are celebrated by politicians and retailers, but economists and policy analysts across the ideological spectrum condemn them as poorly targeted tax policy that produces little economic benefit. Is there any real fiscal benefit to tax-free holidays?