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The House GOP and the IRS

June 9, 2016

House Republicans have targeted the IRS for deep cuts since 2010, to the detriment of honest taxpayers and the benefit of tax cheats. This week, the House Appropriations Committee can reverse course by restoring much-needed IRS funding and rejecting its subcommittee’s...


The Tax Loophole of 2016: Like-Kind Exchange

May 18, 2016

Donald Trump’s real estate background is shining a much-needed spotlight on a major tax loophole that policymakers should close — “like-kind exchange.”  ...

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A Must-Read on Corporate Tax Reform

May 16, 2016

A new report by Reed College’s Kimberly A. Clausing for the Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a must-read for tax policymakers, who regularly hear from corporate lobbyists that they should eliminate taxes on foreign profits for the sake of U.S. multinationals’ “competitiveness” — which...

From Washington Center for Equitable Growth: Profit shifting and U.S. corporate tax policy reform

Three Steps to Help Close the Tax Gap

May 3, 2016

Americans paid about 82 percent of the federal taxes they owed for tax years 2008-2010 voluntarily and on time, according to new IRS data.  Including enforcement and late payments, that number rises to 84 percent.  But this means that the government didn’t collect an annual average of about...

IRS Has Cut Enforcement Staff by 23 Percent Since 2010

Senate Finance Committee Should Require Competence from Paid Tax Preparers

April 19, 2016

The Senate Finance Committee should restore a provision that required paid tax return preparers to meet a basic standard of competence.

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Top 10 Federal Tax Charts

April 15, 2016

These ten charts — previewed in our Countdown to Tax Day series — provide context for some important tax policy issues.

In Focus: Sources of Federal Tax Revenue, 2015

Countdown to Tax Day: Americans Proud to Pay Taxes

April 14, 2016

Forget the conventional wisdom.  Americans overwhelmingly take pride in paying their taxes, a 2014 survey by the IRS Oversight Board shows.


Countdown to Tax Day: Tax Code Favors Foreign Profits

April 13, 2016

Tax Day is a timely reminder that wage and salary earners, and small and domestic businesses, pay taxes on their income and profits each year to pay for the nation’s priorities, ranging from safer highways to health care for the elderly, a soldier’s gear, and diabetes research.  Yet many multinational corporations effectively get to choose each year whether and how much U.S. tax to pay on...

Multinationals Have Strong Tax Incentive to Earn and Report Profits Offshore

Countdown to Tax Day: Spending Through the Tax Code

April 11, 2016

One area of the federal tax code that’s ripe for reform is “tax expenditures” — or subsidies delivered to individuals or businesses through deductions, exclusions, and other tax...


Countdown to Tax Day: IRS Funding Falls Far Short of Need

March 30, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plays a fundamental role in our system of government — helping taxpayers comply with the tax code, ensuring that the tax laws are enforced fairly and credibly, and collecting nearly all of the revenue that funds federal programs from defense to the safety net, roads, scientific research, and education.  While policymakers should give the IRS the resources...