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Americans Take Pride in Paying Taxes

April 17, 2015

Forget the conventional wisdom.  Americans overwhelmingly take pride in paying their taxes, recent IRS Oversight Board survey data show.

Our country’s tax system functions largely on a ...


House Republicans Continue Ill-Advised Push to Make “Extenders” Permanent

April 15, 2015

The House approach to making the extenders permanent isn’t fiscally responsible.  It also places extending these tax breaks above extending key provisions of the EITC and CTC that benefit tens of millions of low- and middle-income working families.


Estate Tax Repeal Would Be a Boon for Heirs of Wealthiest Estates

April 14, 2015

Over at Real Clear Policy today, I’m pointing out how the repeal of the federal estate tax — which the House is expected to consider this week — would significantly increase budget deficits, widen wealth inequality, and benefit only the wealthiest estates.

As I explain,...

Top 10 Federal Tax Charts

April 7, 2015

As April 15th — Tax Day — approaches, these ten federal tax charts provide context for some important tax policy issues.

Our first chart reminds us why we pay taxes by showing where the money goes.  Three large areas each account for roughly a fifth of the...

Estate Tax Repeal: A Misguided and Costly Policy

March 25, 2015

Eliminating the federal estate tax on inherited wealth, which the House Ways and Means Committee approved today and which we’ve explained would increase deficits and inequality, is a misguided — and expensive — policy, new data show.  New...

Estate Tax Repeal = More Inequality + Bigger Deficits

March 24, 2015

As our new paper explains, the House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to consider a bill this week to repeal the federal estate tax on inherited wealth, just one week after the House Budget Committee approved a budget plan calling for $5 trillion in program cuts...

House Budget Chair’s Priority: Tax Cuts for Well-to-Do

March 18, 2015

While imposing harsh budget cuts on the most vulnerable Americans, House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price’s budget plan also appears to reflect a continuing drive to cut taxes for the nation’s highest-income people.

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Lee-Rubio Tax Plan Heavily Tilted Toward Top, Contrary to Tax Foundation Claims

March 11, 2015

The Tax Foundation (TF) took issue with our post explaining that the...

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Lee-Rubio Tax Plan: Huge New Windfall at the Top, Lost Child Credits at the Bottom

March 4, 2015

The new tax plan from Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) builds on Senator Lee’s 2014 plan and creates something that’s even more tilted — outrageously so — in favor of the...

A Double Standard on Tax Compliance

February 13, 2015

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan suggested recently that Congress should expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for childless adults and non-custodial parents and fully offset the cost by reducing EITC overpayments.  But he and other House Republicans voted today to permanently extend an expensive small-business tax break without offsetting the cost, such as by...