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?
After a US corporation inverts, a foreign company owns it (rather than it owning the foreign company). The US corporation is still subject to US taxes, but it can reduce its tax liability. How President Obama can discourage such behavior.
Political gridlock in Congress, plus a weakened IRS, has led to more tax avoidance, writes Eric Toder. How is that true, and what can be done to stop it?
The Treasury Department announced that it would allow people to shift a portion of their 401(k)s or IRAs into a deferred annuity that provides a guaranteed stream of income once people reach old age. What does that mean for the future of retirement saving?
President Barack Obama and other politicians have said US-based multinational corporations who move their corporate addresses are unpatriotic. What is so controversial about tax inversions, Howard Gleckman asks, and is it really unpatriotic?
The US's tax system is turning into a two-tier tax system, with wealth as the determining factor, writes Howard Gleckman. Many affluent and influential people and organizations have almost unlimited power when it comes to their taxes.
In several states, some governors were caught off guard by how personal income tax payments fell well below expectations. But, states should not have been so surprised, writes Norton Francis.
As Congress tries to ban the practice of inversions – when US based multinationals merge with foreign firms to lower their tax bill – it actually puts Congress and US corporations on a destructive path, writes Howard Gleckman. What does that mean for reform within US corporate tax system?
The Congressional Budget released its long-term budget outlook. Although the size of the US deficit isn't a problem right now, the CBO projects it to get bigger after a few years. There are five other takeaways from the CBO's budget outlook.
Between June 2013 and June 2014, Kansas saw its tax revenue fall by 11 percent. Why is Kansas still making so many tax cuts then, questions Howard Gleckman.
Congress needs to start being realistic and serious about the future of the Highway Trust Fund, writes Howard Gleckman. Although the Highway Trust Fund worked in the past, it is time for a long-term solution – not just pension smoothing and other gimmicks.
The House Ways and Means Committee will vote on how to fix Highway Trust Fund on Thursday. In Flint, Michigan, the city wants to cut its retirees' health benefits to avoid bankruptcy.
Analysis of House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp's tax reform plan shows that the plan would raise the same amount of money in 10 years as the current law, writes Howard Gleckman. Still, the long-term effects aren't completely certain yet.
Regressive distribution of tax benefits for retirement saving calls for reform, writes Ben Harris. To do so, he staged a simulation of different types of tax reforms for retirement saving so it is equitable for all levels of income.
US President Barack Obama's 2015 tax plan will translate to cutting taxes for the US's working class while having the wealthiest Americans pay more, according to new estimates. The poorest 20 percent in households will see their after-tax income increase by 0.7 percent, while the top 20 percent's income after taxes will decrease by 1.2 percent.
The US Treasury will lose $5 billion in lost revenue over the next decade. Why? Congress used the wrong math formula for the Social Security and Medicare payroll tax.