Business Tax VOX

  • State and local budgets still reeling from the Great Recession

    The latest Census of Governments shows us a lot about just how hard local governments were pounded by the Great Recession. It describes a powerful double-whammy: Local governments not only suffered deep declines in their own tax revenues but they also faced steep cuts in state aid. 

  • Rubio-Lee tax reform plan would add trillions to the debt

    The tax reform plan from Marco Rubio and Mike Lee is filled with a lot of interesting and credible ideas, but the specifics would add trillions to the nation's debt over the next decade. 

  • What if we funded public school like Obamacare?

    A public school system funded the same way we pay for the ACA's exchanged-based insurance would drastically reduce direct spending for public schools and the taxes without directly affecting educational resources. But it would make life much more complicated for taxpayers and tax administrators.  

  • Why Republican governors are flirting with tax hikes

    Is 2015 the year of reluctant GOP tax hikes or triumphant GOP tax cuts? It depends. Republican governors are open to new tax revenue—as long as it is never, ever from individual income taxes.

March 6, 2015

Photos of the day 03/06

A man dressed in a Spider-Man costume, to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim, takes part in a local surfing competition in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod Friday. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther.

More Tax VOX
  • Is Obama closing tax loopholes or just curbing Congress' generosity?

    President Obama will propose to strip away the 'loopholes' that permit wealthy individuals to accumulate large amounts in tax-favored retirement plans in his upcoming budget. But big retirement accounts are more a product of Congress' generosity on the matter, not loopholes. 

  • Max Scherzer: Did tax breaks seal the deal for Nationals ace?

    Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer will avoid state income taxes on most game paychecks – tax savings that could amount to millions of dollars. How much do tax considerations affect where coveted sports free agents like Scherzer decide to play? 

  • Obama would improve tax subsidies for higher education

    Obama's ideas for educational tax reform are controversial, but they’d do a better job helping households who most need education assistance than the current complex array of programs.

  • How Obama would cut childcare costs

    President Obama has proposed important changes for child care costs that could allow families of young children to save thousands. But some families, especially those with just one older child, could wind up paying more. 

  • Retirement security a priority for the Obama administration in 2015

    President Obama proposed that his administration would make retirement security a priority that would increase the ability of part-time workers to join their employer’s plan and improve tax incentives for businesses. 

  • Fixing the President's 'angel of death' capital gains tax

    President Obama's tax on capital gains at death makes enormous sense. But the problem is with the record-keeping involved. Having to keep track of every asset purchase ever made would be extremely difficult. Fortunately, there is an easy fix. 

  • The tax reform gap between Obama and the GOP is widening

    President Obama laid out his vision for the tax code. He's using a 'middle-class economics' agenda aimed at raising taxes on capital gains on high-income groups and redistribute the money from rich to working-class households. While, Republicans want to cut tax rates mostly. Will there be a middle ground? 

  • Obama wants to tax the rich. It's a plan abroad, too.

     President Obama called on Congress last night to address wealth inequality through the tax code. But taxing the rich isn't just an American thing; Russia, Great Britain, and Brazil have  rules or proposals in motion to put the tax code to work agains income inequality. 

  • President Obama targets the 'angel of death' capital gains tax loophole (+video)

    The president plans to announce new proposals that would substantially increase taxes for the wealthiest Americans. But the possible elimination of the 'angel of death' tax loophole is a more significant change, taxing the wealthy on inherited capital gains.

  • Is the budget deficit even a problem?

    Do deficits matter? It is an age-old question that’s going to get renewed attention in a Congress where Republicans have made no secret of their desire to cut government spending. Two tax experts take up the deficit debate.