Exchanging Trash for Treasure
Economy / Environment / Fiscal policy / Tax / Taxes

Exchanging Trash for Treasure

The Michigan state government recently stumbled across a startling statistic. Over the past decade its revenue streams were $8-10 million below what it expected. The cause? Residents of nearby states have been smuggling millions of bottles and cans into Michigan, taking advantage of its nation-leading 10-cent bottle refund. Michigan is one of 10 states nationwide … Continue reading

Hatch Contends Dynamic Scoring no Magic Elixir
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Hatch Contends Dynamic Scoring no Magic Elixir

The GOP’s brawl against Obama’s executive actions persists with new postulations made by a Republican leader on Sunday pushing for a government shutdown to prevent Obama from addressing immigration policy with executive order. Despite this individual’s propping open the idea, numerous other Republicans objected to a government shutdown. Oklahoma GOP Representative Tom Cole raised concerns … Continue reading

$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
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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
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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