$15 Billion Tax Prevented by PIFTA
Politics / Regulation / Tax / U.S. Senate

$15 Billion Tax Prevented by PIFTA

If the Senate opts in for H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PIFTA), $14.7 billion in taxes will be averted every year. During the Internet boom of the 1990s, Congress passed the Internet Tax Freedom Act (IFTA), which prevented state and local governments from collecting Internet specific taxes. Sponsored by Senate Finance Committee … Continue reading

U.S. Businesses Dodging Taxes?  IRS Pulls Reins Tighter
Economy / Regulation / Tax / Taxes

U.S. Businesses Dodging Taxes? IRS Pulls Reins Tighter

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of Treasury issued a Notice (Notice 2014-52) last Monday that would further their efforts to prevent U.S. companies from using an increasingly prevalent tactic known as inversion to lower their tax bill. Conventionally, an inversion is a negotiation in which a U.S. multinational company restructures with a foreign … Continue reading

America Doesn’t Need Another Tax Hike
America / Economy / Fiscal policy / Tax / Taxes / U.S. Domestic Policy

America Doesn’t Need Another Tax Hike

Hillary Clinton is not the only feature of Washington that is “dead broke”: the Highway Trust Fund is set to run out of money by late August, and members of Congress are scrambling to find ways to raise revenue. One solution, proposed by Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), is to raise the … Continue reading

Playing Politics With America’s Retirement
Economy / Fiscal policy / Social Security / Tax / Taxes

Playing Politics With America’s Retirement

Social Security is both the largest program in the federal budget and one of the most fiscally unsustainable.  The program has already begun paying out more in benefits than it is taking in through payroll taxes.  By 2033, the Social Security Trust Fund will be drained and the benefits paid out will decline by 25 … Continue reading

Corporate Tax Reform: No Longer Revenue-Neutral
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Corporate Tax Reform: No Longer Revenue-Neutral

Last Tuesday, President Obama delivered a speech in Chattanooga, Tennessee, outlining his long awaited corporate tax reform. The speech called for a revenue-neutral corporate tax reform that lowers the top corporate tax from 35% to 28% for the majority of businesses. Manufacturers’ tax rate will top-out at 25%. President Obama made a statement that the … Continue reading

The Farm Bill: Convenient Coalition or Market Manipulation?
America / Fiscal policy / Tax / U.S. Senate

The Farm Bill: Convenient Coalition or Market Manipulation?

In early June, a coalition of urban and rural politicians in the Senate banded together to pass the Farm bill, a legislative piece that distributes welfare benefits to an unlikely pair: wealthy agro-businesses and the inner-city poor. Although widely popular among constituents, a common sense look at the bill reveals serious flaws. The Senate’s version … Continue reading