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July 10, 2015
Three questions about Congress' newest idea for tax reform
The Washington Examiner
"If you ask a baker, 'what was the cost of the eggs that went into the cake?' she could tell you down to the penny," Tax Analysts chief economist Martin Sullivan told the Washington Examiner in a recent interview. "But if you asked a baker, 'what are the incomes from those eggs?' it's very difficult to even comprehend what that means."
July 1, 2015
Jeb Bush Releases 33 Years of Tax Returns
The Wall Street Journal
“It’s either poor tax planning or very good political planning,” Mr. Thorndike said, referring to the overall tax rate. “It’s surprising to me that a guy involved in partnerships and LLCs hasn’t been able to structure his affairs more tax efficiently.”
July 1, 2015
Budget and tax: A few last takeaways on Bush’s taxes, and could tax policy have led to Puerto Rico’s troubles?
The Washington Post
They quote Joseph Thorndike of Tax Analysts who questions how Bush wound up paying so much: “It’s either poor tax planning or very good political planning,” Thorndike told the WSJ. “It’s surprising to me that a guy involved in partnerships and LLCs hasn’t been able to structure his affairs more tax efficiently.”
June 30, 2015
Bush Tax Returns: Big Income, Big Taxes Since 1981
The New York Times
"At this point, it's a political requirement, if not a legal one," said Joseph Thorndike, director of the Tax History Project, a group that has collected tax forms for presidents and top presidential candidates since 1995.
June 24, 2015
Publisher sues IRS over agency bonus records
MarketWatch
Christopher Bergin, Tax Analysts’ president and publisher, said in a news release that examining how the IRS rewards senior personnel would shed light on what issues the agency deems significant or difficult. He said “there is no legal basis to withhold these documents from public scrutiny.”
June 1, 2015
Marijuana church given tax-exempt status in Indiana: ‘Somebody at the IRS loves us’
The Washington Examiner
"Somebody at the IRS loves us because we got it back in less than 30 days,” Mr. Levin told Tax Analysts’ David van den Berg
May 22, 2015
Piles of Overseas Profits Investors Can See but Not Touch
The New York Times
“If they don’t have concrete plans for the money, which they haven’t really shown us that they have, the deferred tax liability should be right there on the balance sheet — full stop,” said Lee Sheppard, a contributing editor to Tax Notes, the definitive publication on national and global tax issues. “But companies don’t want to book the deferred tax liabilities because that would affect their share prices.”
May 12, 2015
Gov. Chris Christie Pushes for Reagan-Era Tax Rates
The Wall Street Journal
“Even though at first glance they seem fair, such proposals would be massive tax cuts for the superrich,” said Martin Sullivan, an economist at newsletter Tax Analysts.
May 5, 2015
It's the GOP vs. small biz on taxes — Tax reform working group progress reports — Michigan to decide today on tax increases — Scott Walker takes anti-tax message to Michigan
Politico Morning Tax
Tax Analysts’ Marty Sullivan does the math on Walker’s $2 billion in tax cuts.
May 1, 2015
HMRC faces legal challenge over HSBC tax amnesty
International Business Times
Lee Sheppard, an expert at Tax Analysts previously, told IBTimes: "The LDF is a wide open agreement. You can take your sleazy money away, stick it in bank in Liechtenstein and then join the agreement."
April 21, 2015
Check out Jeb’s tax record in Florida — Senate Finance to consider reviving health care tax credit — House GOP proposes cutting child tax credit
Politico Morning Tax
Marty Sullivan, in an analysis of Jeb Bush’s record as governor on taxes, says the 2016 presidential hopeful’s biggest tax cuts were reserved for investments. 
April 15, 2015
2015's States with the Best & Worst Taxpayer ROI
WalletHub
David Brunori was featured as an expert.
March 27, 2015
Dog Friendly Work Places!
FOX5-DC
Tax Analysts was interviewed as a follow-up to being named one of Washingtonian's 5 dog-friendly workplaces in the DC area.
March 18, 2015
Producer of Latest Bond Film Denies Mexico Changed Script
ABC News
Earlier, the website Tax Analysts said leaked emails indicated that Mexico made suggestions on the nationality of an actress and the villain, the villain's intended victim and some film shots. Implicitly, Mexico's incentives for the film were at stake, it said.
March 17, 2015
Did Sony score $20M from Mexico for new Bond film?
CBS This Morning
Among the requests reported by taxanalysts.com, Mexico asked the filmmakers to showcase "modern Mexico city buildings." It also wanted the villain character to not be Mexican, but the actress playing Bond Girl "Estrella" should be a known Mexican actress.
March 4, 2015
Tax Incentives Are Forever – Wacky Tax Wednesday
Avalara
I am indebted to Tax Analysts for their excellent article on this subject, which inspired this blog.
February 20, 2015
How ISIS makes (and takes) money
CNN
Drivers who want to move through a checkpoint must hand over cash. When it's used more and more, extortion can seem to a terrified and traumatized populace as a normal tax system, Joseph Thorndike, the director of Tax Analysts' Tax History Project, wrote in Forbes.
February 18, 2015
5 Dog-Friendly Workplaces in the DC Area
Washingtonian
Tax Analysts (Falls Church) Dogs are welcome everywhere—including into offices, where they’re usually greeted with treats—at this 180-person nonprofit that provides tax information. The company began allowing dogs in 2006.
January 23, 2015
The new hot tax debate: 529 plans — To reconcile or not to reconcile, that’s still the question — Tax reform dead? Shhh, don’t tell K Street!
Politico
Clint Stretch, senior tax policy counsel at Tax Analysts, sums it up: “You would hate to be the CEO or the corporate tax director who got to the [tax reform] party late.” Another reason they’re spending big on this: No one knows how to get into new Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan’s sphere of influence.
January 22, 2015
Tax Loopholes the President Left Out – for Now
The Fiscal Times
Other provisions Obama has trumpeted before, such as limiting corporations’ ability to deduct interest on debt or taxing large, publicly traded partnerships as corporations, will likely be back, says Martin Sullivan, chief economist at research firm Tax Analysts.
January 22, 2015
Tax Loopholes the President Left Out – for Now
MSN Money
Other provisions Obama has trumpeted before, such as limiting corporations’ ability to deduct interest on debt or taxing large, publicly traded partnerships as corporations, will likely be back, says Martin Sullivan, chief economist at research firm Tax Analysts.
January 21, 2015
Revamp business taxes to boost economy? Not so fast
Politico
“Corporate tax reform could definitely reduce economic growth — which is a shocker because the assumption is, understandably, that it must be good,” said Marty Sullivan, chief economist at the nonpartisan Tax Analysts.
January 11, 2015
Kansas tax cuts on trial amid huge budget deficit
CNN Money
"It's a great test case for the country," said Cara Griffith, editor in chief of news at the publisher Tax Analysts. "If I was a governor, I'd be watching very closely. Maybe the [tax-cut] package as a whole will fail, but maybe pieces of it will work."
January 5, 2015
'Miserable' tax season could be worst in years
CNN Money
"If the refund doesn't come, that's going to make them angry. This is dysfunction right in your face," said Christopher Bergin, president and publisher of Tax Analysts.
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