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Tax Policy

Congress Rewards Corporations While Punishing the American People

Frank Clemente | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Frank Clemente

Voting to give corporations a huge tax cut without closing loopholes to pay for it is the height of hypocrisy. It represents an egregious double standard by conservatives: They increase the deficit by providing hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations while they slash $5 trillion in spending that primarily benefits working Americans in order to reduce the deficit.

I'm Rich. You Must Be, Too.

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.28.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

The very wealthy are disproportionately opposed to any policy -- including tax policies -- that would redistribute wealth more equitably. This makes sense from a purely economic perspective. But is there more to it than rational self-interest?

Priorities for Romania: Strengthening the Rule of Law and Advancing Economic Freedom

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

In order to increase economic freedom for its citizens and enable them to achieve higher standards of living, Romania needs to continue its efforts to eradicate corruption and establish an independent and efficient judicial system.

A Conservative Approach to Climate Change

Terry Newell | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

What if we put aside the argument about what's causing global warming? For liberals that's a bitter pill to swallow, yet it may permit all of us to spend time instead seeking agreement on principles to guide our conversation about dealing with our warming Earth -- principles, not action steps.

Will Chris Christie Play to National GOP by Tying Tax Cut for the Wealthy to Road Fixes?

Gordon MacInnes | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Gordon MacInnes

Fixing the state's transportation mess is crucial. And there's no alternative but to find significant, stable funding to do so. Nor should the politics of Gov. Christie possibly seeking his party's presidential nomination trump responding to New Jersey's emergency.

The Policy Goal Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The word's a dog whistle that releases the hounds, if not the Foxes. And yet, one of my rules of thumb in this work is that when policy does a lot of something and that something cannot be spoken of, we're courting dysfunction and distortion.

Budget Weeds That Matter: Scoring The Financial Fee As The Pigouvian Tax It Is

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The financial fee is a seven basis point (seven one-hundredths of one percent) tax or fee on the roughly 100 large financial firms with assets of at least $50 billion. Yet there's an interesting and important wrinkle here: the tax is not on profits or assets, as is typically the case.

Joseph Stiglitz on Why the Rich Are Getting Richer -- and Why It Could Get Much Worse

Lynn Parramore | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

In this interview, he explores the work of Thomas Piketty and the need for the field of economics -- and the country -- to come to terms with the growing gulf between haves and have-nots.

Ben Walsh

What CEOs Really Want When They Complain About 'Uncertainty'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 12.05.2014 | Business

Congress is back in session and corporate America’s favorite excuse is back in action.

Tax Perversion

Jonathan Russo | Posted 12.07.2014 | Business
Jonathan Russo

Corporations in the U.S. do not view themselves as having a skin in the American game. They are not citizens of America; they are supra-citizens of the world who owe allegiance not to the stars and stripes but to whatever color flag their shareholders and executives wish to fly.

Here's What $100 Is Worth In Each State

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.19.2014 | Business

How far can you stretch a buck? It totally depends on where you live. The map below, created by nonprofit research organization Tax Foundation usin...

Inversions Should Pave the Way to Reform

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

I believe the Democrats are right that we should curtail tax inversions and the Republicans are right that it should be part of an overall tax reform package. I understand the reluctance of the Dems to pursue this, but our tax system is a mess of special interest provisions that needs to be cleaned up.

Why A Walgreens Boycott Could Be A Wakeup Call For Washington

Don McNay | Posted 09.12.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Walgreens becoming a "foreign" company is a slap in the face to Americans for a number of reasons. As Sorkin noted, they received $16.7 billion from Medicare and Medicaid last year, which is about 25 percent of its corporate revenues.

Zach Carter

GOP Senate Candidate Revives Romney Tax Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

The aggressive high-end tax cuts from Mitt Romney's much-derided 2012 tax plan appear to be enjoying an unlikely renaissance thanks to GOP Senate cand...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Passes Deficit-Hiking Tax Cuts, Accuses Dems Of Irresponsibility

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The word “certainty” trumped the word “deficit” Thursday as the House of Representatives passed the next two tax breaks in a ser...

WATCH: Congressman Gets Mad After Finding Out Americans Are Less Charitable Than He Thought

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some politicians have a hard time resisting the urge to declare the U.S. is No. 1, no matter what pinnacle they're asserting the country...

Michael McAuliff

WATCH: Republicans Pass 'Twinkie Subsidy' In Tax Break Package

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats charged Republicans with passing a "Twinkie subsidy" in a package of tax breaks Thursday that will add $304 billion to the def...

Ending Poverty Isn't Enough -- We Need to Expand the War for Economic Opportunity

Andrea Levere | Posted 03.10.2014 | Money
Andrea Levere

Take a single mother with an income of $15,500. When her income increases to $15,600, statisticians will celebrate that we've moved that mother and her child out of poverty. But is there really much reason to celebrate? Is the mother now financially secure?

Rocky Reefer Roll-out: The Right Tax Lesson

Pat Oglesby | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Pat Oglesby

Are those inflexible taxes so high that they will undermine a sustainable market -- and threaten legalization itself? Well, it's complicated.

Bringing International Tax Rules Into the 21st Century

OECD | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
OECD

It's a watershed moment for international tax policy. The debate over tax evasion by the wealthy and tax avoidance by multinational corporations has never before grabbed so many headlines or caused so much anger.

Welfare and the States

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Rabah Ghezali

For most Europeans, the violence of the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as the "Obamacare") in the United Sates seemed quite puzzling.

Colorado's Crazy Marijuana Tax

Pat Oglesby | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
Pat Oglesby

Basing a tax on a fictitious price means no one will ever know the correct tax. Taxpayers will spend time and money trying to beat the system, and government will spend time and money in self-defense.

Why Are Some Billionaires Still Greedy for More?

Allen Frances | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

Why don't the Koch brothers (and their like-minded, super rich brethren) just kick back and enjoy what they already have, rather than energetically gaming Washington and state capitals to ensure they will have even more. How many billions are enough?

A Solution to Eroding Retirement Security

Gary Reber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Gary Reber

Why are we not addressing how the system facilitates greed capitalism and envy while concentrating productive capital ownership among the 1 to 10 percent of the population?

Bringing International Tax Rules Into the 21st Century

Pascal Saint-Amans | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Pascal Saint-Amans

The debate over tax evasion by the wealthy and tax avoidance by multinational corporations has never before grabbed so many headlines or caused so much anger. To regain the confidence and trust of our citizens, there is a pressing need for action.