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Tax Policy

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.

Why Republicans Want to Tax Students and Not Polluters

Robert Reich | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

The Koch brothers -- whose companies are among America's 20 worst air-polluters -- have long been intent on blocking a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system. And they, too, have been donating generously to Republicans to do their bidding.

Why The Income Gap Keeps Widening

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business

Income for the country's top 1 percent has soared by 275 percent over the past 30 years, while growth for the rest of us has stagnated. A new study f...

So Damn Superior: Parsing Partisan Politics

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.14.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Do both extreme conservatives and extreme liberals act more superior than moderates, or are conservative views alone linked to dogmatism and belief superiority?

Apple's Tax Avoidance: 'Not Illegal' Does Not Mean Moral, Right or Acceptable

Brian Levin | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Our government is not always going to protect us from everything that may be harmful or close loopholes to make our tax system more equitable and fair. That is just the way our system works. But, that is where all of us come in

The Little Engines That Could

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 07.22.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Students and their families choose a college for many reasons. Anecdotally, perhaps the simplest explanation is "you know it when you feel it."

Unilateral Taxation Framework Harms America

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

Lost in the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations' skewering of Apple CEO Tim Cook is the major point: the United States' decision to stand alone in taxing foreign earnings disadvantages American companies and American workers.

$220 Billion in Donations to Nonprofits Costs Americans $45 Billion: We Can Get Even More Social Impact for Our Dollars

Beth Sirull | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact
Beth Sirull

The idea is that by subsidizing charitable donations, we as a society are getting greater positive social impact than we otherwise would. It's logical to ask, "How can we get the most positive social impact for our money?"

The Path to Eradicating Poverty in America

Gary Reber | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Gary Reber

Without reforming the system, the projection is that by the year 2020, more than 50 percent of the American people will not earn more than the minimum wage.

This Global Leadership Role Is One We Should Be Ashamed Of

Jerry Lanson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Jerry Lanson

Remember the dismissive term "Banana Republic?" When I was growing up 50 years ago, it was used to mock Latin American dictators for operating oligarchies that preyed off their poorer citizens. Today, increasingly, it describes the United States of America.

Jason Linkins

Virginia To Impose Annual Fees On Hybrid Car Owners, Fueling New Transportation Funding Protests | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

In the Comonwealth of Virginia, the issue of transportation funding has always been a very tough nut to crack. Traffic in the D.C.-Metropolitan area i...

Jason Linkins

Reminder: Everything You've Been Told About 'Economic Uncertainty' Is Wrong | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics

Over at Bloomberg, Caroline Baum adds to the efforts of those who would point out that all the constant cable news talk over "uncertainty" cramping ec...

Rick Perry Has His Eye On Washington

KHOU | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics

The governor supports pursuing some form of "tax relief" rather than increased spending, and points to the federal government while making his case....

The Case for a Tax Hike on 100 Percent of Americans

Dinkar Jain | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
Dinkar Jain

Since there is no agreement on entitlement cuts, let the fiscal cliff kick in. Let taxes rise on 100 percent of Americans and 100 percent of small businesses. Let us get a little closer to balancing the budget. Let us share the burden of our votes -- if we voted for bigger government, let us all pay for it too.

Polls Show Sharp Turn by Registered Voters, Against Republicans, Concerning Taxes

Eric Zuesse | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

There has been a vast and important change of mind among the electorate, regarding the issue of taxes. On 13 July 2012, McClatchy Newspapers headline...

Think Again: Will the Times' Terrific Tax Reporting Matter?

Eric Alterman | Posted 02.05.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

The New York Times published an extraordinary set of articles on tax policy as it actually exists in the United States -- beneath all of the politicians' rhetorical posturing and the all-too-frequent unquestioning and superficial press coverage.

The Truth on Taxes: Everyone Needs to Pay More

David Callahan | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
David Callahan

Promising the middle class -- and a good swath of the upper middle class -- that their taxes will never go up is politically cowardly, economically irresponsible, and a betrayal of the progressive belief in government.

Spin Begins Over Potential GOP Compromise On Letting Bush Tax Cuts For Wealthy Expire

The Huffington Post | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Preempting a potential GOP compromise over letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the top 2 percent of Americans, conservative strategists...

Rob Portman Says Democrat Position On Tax Rates Based On 'Dogma'

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A senior Republican senator on Tuesday accused House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi -- and President Obama by extension -- of basing their...

Zach Carter

Fiscal Cliff Letter: Small Business Owners Urge End Of Bush Tax Cuts | Zach Carter | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 600 small business owners and executives wrote a letter to every member of Congress urging them to end the Bush-era tax cuts f...

Poll Finds Small Businesses Wary of Fiscal Cliff, Looking for Pragmatic Fix

John Arensmeyer | Posted 01.15.2013 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

According to a scientific opinion poll Small Business Majority released this week, strong majorities of entrepreneurs are concerned about nearly every fiscal cliff issue they were asked about.

Republicans Prepare To Shove Wealthy Under Bus

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 11.13.2012 | Business

Science has determined that people need to know 7.5 things per day, on average, about the world of business. You can't argue with science. Lucky for y...

Sam Stein

Obama's Progressive Base Embraces Him Anew, Bound For More Heartbreak | Sam Stein | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's definitive reelection victory has invited Democrats to imagine a new era of liberalism, in which they are no lo...

What to Expect When You're Expecting Tax Reform

William E. Foster | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
William E. Foster

Within hours of the conclusion of the 2012 election, partisan leaders began drawing lines in the sand with respect to tax policy, and tax rates in particular. But history tells us that dramatic change is unlikely.

Market Values and Civic Virtue

Terry Newell | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Terry Newell

Elected officials treat citizens as customers and speak as if tax dollars are payments for goods and services received rather than an obligation of citizenship. They encourage us to ask whether we, personally, are getting our money's worth from government.