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January 28, 2015 - 2:29 PM EST
Tax Appeal Reform May Be a Possibility in Washington State
by Cara Griffith
A school funding case could be the impetus to reform the tax appeal process in Washington state.
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January 28, 2015 - 9:28 AM EST
Regressive Taxes Are Neither New Nor Good
by David Brunori
The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) released its annual "Who Pays" report. The report should be read by everyone in the state and local tax policy business. Once again, ITEP has found that state and local tax systems are decidedly regressive. In fact, ITEP concluded that the effective tax rate of the 20 percent of taxpayers with the lowest incomes is more than twice that of the top 1 percent of taxpayers. That is the definition of regressivity.
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January 27, 2015 - 9:16 AM EST
3 Early Signs of What to Expect From Congress
by Jeremy Scott
The 114th Congress is off and running. Lawmakers have already elected their leaders, had a few spats behind closed doors, and decried how the other side isn’t willing to work together on common issues. None of that is anything new -- it’s pretty much how all legislatures open. But along with routine business and the usual sniping, there have been a few key indicators of what this new GOP-led Congress will mean for tax issues.
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January 26, 2015 - 2:18 PM EST
Is There Now a Window of Opportunity for Tax Reform?
by Martin A. Sullivan
House Ways and Means Committee Chair Paul Ryan is sounding a conciliatory tone. Could we finally be getting the leadership we need on tax reform?
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January 23, 2015 - 2:08 PM EST
Should the Mayor of London Pay U.S. Taxes?
by Robert Goulder
The IRS has hit Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, with a tax claim on the sale of his U.K. home, even though the transaction is tax exempt in the United Kingdom. After initially refusing to pay, the mayor has now begrudgingly agreed to settle up. If the episode leaves you scratching your head, you're not alone.
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January 15, 2015 - 9:36 AM EST
Frack It, Tax It
by Christopher Bergin
I’m not opposed to increasing the gas tax, but I want to make sure we all know what it will be spent on.
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January 6, 2015 - 3:46 PM EST
Planned Disasters Are Here to Stay – and Probably the Only Hope for Tax Reform
by Joseph J. Thorndike
Congress returns to Washington today, and Republicans have a chance to strut their stuff as the Capitol’s new majority party. But the GOP ascendancy raises a question: Can Republicans actually govern without a crisis?
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December 18, 2014 - 9:03 AM EST
Did Next Year’s Holiday Gift Shopping Just Get Easier?
by Clint Stretch
President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba may add Cuban cigars and Cuban rum to next year’s holiday gift possibilities. This would certainly make life easier for anyone who wants to give me a gift, and I suspect I’m not alone.
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September 19, 2014 - 10:07 AM EDT
Renouncing the Dogma of Surrey’s Infallibility
by Ajay Gupta
Treasury’s export of Stanley Surrey’s arm’s-length standard was perhaps the most successful case of ideological conversion in the arena of international tax policy. Even as the United States inches away from that construct, the OECD clings to it with a zeal befitting a convert. Treasury may very well have to renounce the dogma of Surrey’s infallibility before true reform in the global transfer pricing regime can take place.
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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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