Taxation

Feeling Helpless Against the IRS?

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Although I enjoy looking at billboards on road trips because it breaks the monotony, I don’t pay too much attention to them when I am driving around town. However, one recently caught my eye because it had to do with something I frequently write about: taxes. The billboard said, “Feeling Helpless Against the IRS?” Since I don’t like handing my ... [click for more]

What Is the Optimal Top Marginal Income Tax Rate?

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It’s not just American bureaucracies that are headquartered in Washington, D.C. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), with its staff of approximately 2,700, has been headquartered in Washington, D.C., since its inception in 1945. The IMF “is an organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and ... [click for more]

The Seasonal Republican Welfare Program

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The period from about the last week in February to the end of March is like a second Christmas season for some businesses. It is the time when millions of Americans receive their income tax refunds and suddenly have extra hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars to spend. But all tax refunds are not created equal. Many Americans will ... [click for more]

Abolish the Corporate Income Tax

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The European Commission last month ordered Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in unpaid corporate taxes from the U.S. company Apple. Europe’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, who has made tax avoidance a central focus, said that “Apple’s illegal deals with the Irish government allowed the technology giant to pay virtually nothing on its European business in some years.” It ... [click for more]

Getting It Backwards on Welfare and Tax Deductions

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Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) is “sick and tired, and sick and tired of being sick and tired, of the criminalization of poverty.” She explains in a recent press release, As a strong advocate for social programs aimed at combating poverty, it deeply offends me that there is such a deep stigma surrounding those who depend on government ... [click for more]

The Clinton-Sanders-Republican Principles of Taxation

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The number of votes they got at the recent Iowa caucuses is not the only way that former senator Hillary Clinton and current senator Bernie Sanders are very close. Both have proposed new government programs throughout their campaigns. And because their new government programs must be paid for, both Clinton and Sanders have put forward new tax plans to ... [click for more]

The Fatal Flaw

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The presidential primary season is in full swing. Current and former Democratic and Republican candidates alike have put forward various tax-reform proposals. Some of their proposals were officially unveiled at a press conference; others were unofficially presented in campaign speeches or during one of the debates. Some rehash old proposals, others recommend something entirely new. But whether Democratic, Republican, ... [click for more]
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