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May 26, 2016 - 5:52 AM EDT
Reagan Wanted His Taxes Private -- Just Like Trump
by Joseph J. Thorndike
Donald Trump likes to compare himself to Ronald Reagan, especially when trying to explain how a former Democrat finds himself at the top of the GOP ticket. But Reagan and Trump have something else in common, too: The Gipper, just like The Donald, wanted to keep his tax returns private.
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May 25, 2016 - 9:07 AM EDT
Do You Care About Good Tax Policy?
by David Brunori
Let's be honest. Most people don't. In fact, most people don't think about taxes beyond complaining about them once in a while.
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May 24, 2016 - 8:28 AM EDT
Why Negative Gearing Could Decide Australia's Elections
by Jeremy Scott
Australia's 2016 election is underway. On July 2 voters will determine whether to change prime ministers for the fifth time since 2010 or to return Malcolm Turnbull's Liberal government to a full term. Because of a radical Labor proposal on negative gearing and the Liberals pushing for a major corporate tax cut, tax policy is likely to play a major (if not deciding) role in the race.
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May 23, 2016 - 2:02 PM EDT
It’s About Time the U.S. Did a Few Things Like Europe
by Stuart Gibson
When U.S. politicians like Bernie Sanders propose to expand Americans’ access to healthcare and higher education, they are met with the reflexive criticism that the U.S. should not aspire to be like Europe, citing (among other things) the high taxes that Europeans pay for these services. While Americans may disagree about whether the Danes and the Dutch are getting their money’s worth, they cannot disagree about the level of civility that many European elected officials display as they go about doing the people’s business, and the level of engagement of the citizens they represent.
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May 19, 2016 - 5:29 PM EDT
Will There Be a Rise of State Entity-Level Taxes?
by Cara Griffith
The number of passthrough entities (which includes partnerships, limited liability companies, and S corporations) has been on the rise for the last 30 years. And along with the increase in the number of passthrough entities has been a decrease in the number of C corporations. According to the Tax Foundation, passthrough businesses now account for 94 percent of all businesses in the United States.
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May 12, 2016 - 8:36 AM EDT
The Inadequacy of BEPS
by Robert Goulder
Conventional wisdom tells us the OECD’s base erosion and profit-shifting initiative is the most significant development in tax policy in decades. Not so, says Reuven Avi-Yonah, a law professor at the University of Michigan and one of the leading critical thinkers in global taxation.
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April 12, 2016 - 1:27 PM EDT
Snitching on Your Friends’ Offshore Accounts Might Yield Only Enemies, Not Rewards
by Ajay Gupta
In amending the whistleblower statute and establishing a mandatory award in 2006, Congress evidently sought to provide greater incentives for whistleblowers by promising them more certain payments. But the statutory text does not seem to have anticipated FBAR penalties. That, combined with the subsequent delegation of administering the FBAR regime to the IRS, means that whistleblower awards largely continue to remain acts of administrative grace.
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September 21, 2015 - 9:21 AM EDT
Donald Buffett?
by Martin A. Sullivan
Two outspoken billionaires at opposite ends of the political spectrum reach the same conclusion.
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July 24, 2015 - 10:12 AM EDT
Donald Trump Is Contagious!
by Christopher Bergin
I’ve predicted that it will take two years to start a serious discussion of reforming the tax laws and the agency that administers them. After watching Rand Paul’s latest video, I’ve pushed that back a decade.
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July 11, 2014 - 9:39 AM EDT
International Tax Trending
by Mindy Herzfeld
This week’s international tax highlights include Jean-Claude Juncker’s agenda for EU tax policy, changes in the IRS’ international administration, and continued assertiveness by the U.S. and other governments in pursuing tax evasion while BEPS goes into sleep mode.
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News Analysis: Investor-Level Taxation and RIC Tax Developments

News Analysis: The Path to Fragmented Tax Reform

IRS Memo Orders That Audits Be Initiated by Mail, Never by Phone

Koskinen Skeptical of Proposal to Move CI to Treasury

IRS Says It Keeps Instant Messages and Follows Record Laws

User Fee for EO Short Form Reduced

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Washington Supreme Court Kills Antitax Ballot Initiative

Missouri Governor Pushes DOR to Speed Up Tax Return Processing

Comcast Loses Fight Over License Fee in Oregon Supreme Court

Bank Not Required to Include Subsidiary in Combined Returns, NYC Tribunal Rules

Michigan Appeals Court Strikes Blow to 'Dark Store' Valuation Technique

Alabama Tax Tribunal Sides With UPS Subsidiary in Gas Tax License Dispute

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News Analysis: Debt Equity Regs -- Treasury's Options

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Changing Tides: Wading Through the BEPS Implementation Waters

Nordic System of Publishing Personal Tax Data Unlikely to Spread

G-7 Leaders Call on Countries to Join BEPS Inclusive Framework

U.S. Class Action Suit Targets Brazil's Gerdau After Tax Bribery Investigation

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May 26, 2016
Former IRS Chief Says Trump Should Release Returns
by Paul C. Barton
By Donald Trump's own reasoning, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee should be releasing some of his tax returns, a former IRS commissioner says.

May 25, 2016
Beneficial Ownership Is Urgent U.S. Issue, Ex-Senator Levin Says
by Alexander Lewis
The United States needs to take greater action on corporate transparency if it wants to keep pace with international standards and avoid becoming the financial home to drug traffickers and other criminals, according to former Sen. Carl Levin.

May 19, 2016
IRS Argues Against Making E-File PINs Harder to Obtain
by Luca Gattoni-Celli
Months after disclosing a January cyberattack that it said compromised some 101,000 electronic-filing personal identification numbers, the IRS has taken no apparent action to alter or strengthen the user authentication of its e-file PIN application, saying that doing so would burden legitimate taxpayers while having no clear impact on fraud.

May 16, 2016
The Dwindling Taxable Share of U.S. Corporate Stock
by Steven M. Rosenthal and Lydia S. Austin
Steven M. Rosenthal and Lydia S. Austin demonstrate that the share of U.S. stocks held by taxable accounts has declined sharply over the last 50 years, and they urge lawmakers to carefully consider this shareholder base erosion when determining how best to tax corporate earnings.

May 9, 2016
IRS Modifies Audit 'Call-First' Policy After Taxpayer Complaints
by William Hoffman
The IRS will begin notifying taxpayers first by letter when they are subject to in-person field exams, "in an abundance of caution and in light of pervasive phone scams seeking to extort money from taxpayers," the agency said in a statement May 6.

May 9, 2016
Should Political Nonprofits Disclose More Frequently?
by Paul C. Barton
Not only do many politically active nonprofits operate with dark money from undisclosed donors, but they carry out their work behind another shield, some say: the time lag before having to report their spending to the IRS.

April 25, 2016
Deltour Faces Trial in Luxembourg Without EU or French Support
by Teri Sprackland
LuxLeaks whistleblower Antoine Deltour returns to Luxembourg April 26 to stand trial in Judiciary City for the theft of the PwC documents behind the scandal.

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