Government shutdowns could well become a standard part of the annual budget process, Gleckman writes. If government shutdowns become routine, attention-seeking lawmakers will only escalate their threats.
As a potential government shutdown approaches, House Republicans consider adding a framework for tax reform to legislation needed to increase the federal government’s borrowing authority. Gleckman explores what a GOP tax reform proposal could like, arguing it counterproductive.
New estimates released by the Tax Policy Center show the number of Social Security and Medicare taxpayers is growing. Even among those households that will not pay federal income tax this year, the majority will still owe Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes.
With a hike in the estate tax exemption, estate tax lawyers are running out of work, Gleckman writes.
Here's an interesting but little known problem with the federal income tax system: People who have tax withheld from their paychecks but, for some reason, don’t file returns. For many, ignoring their 1040 means they are paying tax they don’t owe.
State-legal marijuana producers and retailers are seeking to take advantage of deductions they are now denied under their ambiguous legal status. But some may want to get into the tax system just so they can harvest the many generous deductions it offers.
In Washington's current dysfunctional atmosphere, attempts at real tax reform are likely to get lost in the cacophony, Gleckman writes. But for many in Washington, replacing serious debate with loud short-term squabbles over phony fiscal crises is exactly the idea.
A new paper aims to stitch together a retirement plan that combines the growth potential of a 401(k) with the security of a defined benefit pension plan.
Cutting tax rates is a good idea in theory, but it is very, very difficult to pull off, Gleckman says.
It's not pretty. To offset the cost of tax reform, Congress may have to eliminate trillions of dollars in tax preferences for individuals and businesses. Gleckman walks readers through who's saying what on the topic right now.
Wages account for less than half of a US household's income. Surprised? Gleckman breaks down where the rest of your money comes from.
President Barack Obama proposed cutting corporate tax rates and using the revenue to generate jobs. Republicans shut it down. Is the tax reform battle stuck at an impasse?
The OECD released a report last week announcing it would take steps to stop multinational corporations like Starbucks, Apple, and Google, from dodging taxes. The report is the first step of many to come, but Gleckman says it's a good sign.
Not as much as critics of the Affordable Care Act think, Gleckman says. Allegations of widespread tax fraud by low-income Americans are exaggerated.
Critics of Obamacare say the IRS will not be able to stop people from being dishonest when they file their income tax returns. Gleckman argues otherwise.
Simply bashing the IRS for its faults won’t help fix a troubled and often badly-managed agency, Gleckman argues.
There isn't much talk on Capitol Hill debating the merits of specific individual tax preferences. The different plans being circulated, however, would each have radically different outcomes, Gleckman says. Here's how they break down.
On average, large US corporations paid a 16.6 percent federal tax rate in 2010 — far lower than the 35 percent statutory tax rate. Gleckman breaks down the Government Accountability Office's analysis of this trend.
A study by the National Academy of Sciences says that extending energy-related tax preferences would do little or nothing to reduce greenhouse gasses.
Congress has been debating how to tax managers of private equity firms for a decade. But what if they aren't being taxed the right way in the first place?