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?
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 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.
A giant inflatable rubber duck floats past the USS Iowa battleship at the Port of Los Angeles. The world-famous sculpture sailed into the port for the first time to kick off the Tall Ships Festival LA and will remain in the harbor. The duck was designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman and at 61 feet high, 110 feet long 85 f...
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.
Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins's proposal for expanding the child tax credit is on the right track, writes Elaine Maag. However, Jenkins's plan miss the mark on some key issues with the child tax credit.
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has created an updated online budget simulator. The public plays the online game with the objective to stabilize the debt at 60 percent of Gross Domestic Product by 2024.
The House Ways and Means Committee approved expanding the child tax credit and higher education tax breaks. In other tax news, H&R Block offers a map outlining state income tax requirement to help same-sex couples' IRS filings.
IRS commissioner John Koskinen appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the loss of former Treasury official Lois Lerner’s emails and crash of her hard drive. Meanwhile, the federal gasoline tax could be phased and leave the Highway Trust Fundthe House Ways and Means Committee plans to vote on indexing the $1,000 child tax credit.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will begin its two-part hearing on missing IRS emails today. Tomorrow, the Senate Finance Committee will examine the role of the tax system in reducing student debt.