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  • Why the government shouldn't tell people how to use food stamps

    Restricting food stamps to use on certain foods is only fair if we put restrictions on dozens of other programs that assist people —to attend school, save for retirement, buy homes, take care of their children. Instead, let’s trust Americans to use that assistance as they see fit and not tell them how to live their lives. 

  • Does the tax code reduce income inequality?

    Since it’s (almost) Tax Day, that April 15 deadline for filing tax returns, it’s a good time to ponder a very simple question: How much does the US tax system shrink the gap between rich and poor?

  • Ferguson city finances: not the new normal

    A recent DOJ investigation into the city of Feguson and its police department highlighted a 'focus on revenue rather than … public safety needs.' Even among smaller American cities still recovering from the recession, such a focus is far from normal. 

  • Is Mike Huckabee's FairTax actually fair?

    Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee recently defended his proposed 'FairTax', a national retail sales tax that would replace all federal taxes, on Fox News. The actual fairness of Huckabee's proposed tax toward lower-income families is a little more complicated.

  • How creating tax worker credit could benefit childless, low-income workers

    The earned income tax credit helps millions of working, low-income families, but its benefits are not felt by workers without children. How could creating a new worker tax credit help these workers?

  • The scary new world of tax fraud

    Tax fraud has grown to include a variety of ways for crooks to use the identities of innocent taxpayers to steal money. And it's happening just as the IRS is trying to make itself more accessible online, which could prove disastrous for taxpayers and the agency alike. 

July 5, 2015

Photos of the Fourth of July weekend

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton flexes her muscles with Miss Teen New Hampshire Allie Knault (c.) and Miss New Hampshire Holly Blanchard, during a Fourth of July parade, Saturday, in Gorham, N.H.

More Tax VOX
  • Ferguson city finances: not the new normal

    A recent DOJ investigation into the city of Feguson and its police department highlighted a 'focus on revenue rather than … public safety needs.' Even among smaller American cities still recovering from the recession, such a focus is far from normal. 

  • One solution to California's drought: tax water

    California desperately needs its residents and businesses to use less water. So rather than trying to curb water use through a complex maze of regulation, why not just raise the price though a new state-wide tax on all users?

  • Do Rubio and Lee have a secret plan to help poor families?

    A key change in the tax plan proposed by Senators Marco Rubio and Mike Lee would be very advantageous for low-income households compared with the original Lee plan and, to a lesser extent, current law.

  • Medicare 'doc fix' doesn't fix much

    The Medicare bill passed by Congress Thursday  is an amalgam of temporary solutions to a host of health policy issues, special interest subsidies, and a promise of better health care for seniors. It may improve the way Medicare reimburses docs for the services they provide, but it won’t fix the problem.

  • Bobby Jindal finds the promised land of conservative tax policy

    Bobby promoting a plan to raise $526 million without a tax increase. His trick: Turn refundable business credits into non-refundable credits.

  • 'Family Fairness Tax Reform' is hard on poor families

    The "Economic Growth and Family Fair Tax" plan from Senators Rubio and Lee  is ambitious and expensive, but it may hurt many low-income families with children, according to new estimates. 

  • Afraid of income taxes? A new tool to help understand the 1040.

    Need help understanding the 1040 as we enter the homestretch of this year’s tax filing season? The Tax Policy Center has created a new interactive tool to walk you through key parts of the federal income tax, ranging from the mundane to the arcane.

  • Can Rube Goldberg save our highway funding?

    Our tax-based highway funding is a mess. Saving it may mean making  its funding path even more complicated. 

  • Rubio-Lee hints at tax reform's troubling direction

    Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Mike Lee have introduced what should probably be thought of as the first major set of tax proposals in the 2016 Presidential election season. While their proposals are unlikely to be enacted, they hint at the troubling direction that tax reform debates seem to be headed.

  • States want to cut taxes on pensions, proving bad ideas never die

    Retirement income free of state taxes continues to seduce politicians, despite threadbare evidence that it would serve to lure seniors to their states. The idea of excluding pension income from state tax is misguided, but it's hardly new.

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