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November 29, 2014

The Prisoner Tax Fraud Problem - Brianna Ehley, The Fiscal Times

The Internal Revenue Service has long-struggled with weeding out prisoner tax fraud—an issue that costs taxpayers tens of millions of dollars every year. Despite the IRS&rsqu...

November 29, 2014

A Half-Trillion Corporate Tax Giveaway - Steve Wamhoff, CTJ

The lame-duck Congress is poised to conclude by passing a $450 billion package of deficit-financed tax breaks that primarily benefit businesses. Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid i...

November 26, 2014

Small Businesses Need Tax Extenders - Ramstad & Lazio, Alliantgroup

While Congress is still mapping out its year-end agenda, small and medium-sized businesses across the country continue to plan projects well into the New Year. Yet, these small and...

November 25, 2014

Options for Reducing the Deficit - Congressional Budget Office

The Congress faces an array of policy choices as it confronts the prospect of large annual budget deficits and further increases in the already-large government debt that are proje...

November 25, 2014

The Dismantling of Medicaid - Michael Collins, In These Times

When Suzanne Klug took her daughter Tamara to an orthopedic surgeon in the winter of 2012, the first question the doctor asked her was, “Why are you here?”...

November 22, 2014

A Tax by Any Other Name... - Catherine Rampell, Washington Post

Don’t tax you, don’t tax me. Tax that feller behind the tree.Or better yet, don’t call it a tax at all: Call it a fine, forfeiture, fee. Really, any word except “tax” wil...

Most Recent Articles

November 19, 2014

Medicaid Needs Reform, Not Beneficiaries - Jason Fodeman, AZ Central

When our state announced last year that it would participate in "Obamacare's" Medicaid expansion, the law's supporters declared a victory for the poor and their health care. Realit...

November 11, 2014

Why Corporate Tax Reform Is So Difficult - Jared Bernstein, Wash Post

The short list of possible areas in which the president and the new Congress just might be able to get something done allegedly includes corporate tax reform. The motivation is tha...

November 11, 2014

Fair Taxation Across State Lines - Alan D. Viard, Inside Sources

In today’s mobile world, millions of Americans work or own small businesses outside the state in which they live. Unfortunately, state income tax systems penalize them by sys...

November 11, 2014

Medicaid Expansion to Add to Delays - Jason Fodeman, KnoxNews

The Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion remains one of health care reform's most hotly contested provisions. The arguments surrounding the expansion have largely focused on th...

November 8, 2014

Differential Mortality and Social Security Policy - Simpson et al., CBO

Presentation by Michael Simpson of CBO’s Health, Retirement, and Long-Term Analysis Division to the 2014 Fall Research Conference of the Association of Public Policy and Mana...

November 6, 2014

Social Security Benefits Are Stingy - Alicia H. Munnell, MarketWatch

Two recent developments that I have found both annoying and dangerous are the deletion of replacement-rate information from the annual Social Security Trustees Report and the coord...

November 5, 2014

The Law of Medicare and Medicaid - Abbe Gluck, Health Affairs

Why focus on the law of Medicare and Medicaid?  These two programs are almost always analyzed from a policy perspective, but one of the most significant changes that...

October 31, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Limits Medical Choices - Jeffrey A. Singer, IBD

The national debate over the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion is nowhere close to being finished. Just ask my patients, who were forced off their private insurance and into...

October 30, 2014

Albany Albatross: New York's Tax Burden - E.J. McMahon, City Journal

New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s embrace of a “no new taxes” agenda boosted the crossover appeal that gave him a landslide victory in 2010 and helped keep his app...

October 29, 2014

The Limits to Tax Enforcement - Dina Pomeranz et al., SSRN

Reducing tax evasion is a key priority for many governments, particularly in developing countries. A growing literature has argued that the ability to verify taxpayer self-reports ...

October 28, 2014

Internet Sales Taxes: Seeking Fairness - Hamilton Davison, ACMA

The upcoming lame duck session may very well determine the future of online and remote taxation. When Congress finally goes home in December, we may know whether we are moving towa...

October 25, 2014

Social Security Gets Harder to Secure - CRFB

Social Security's finances are far from secure, and every year that Congress waits before addressing the problem makes it harder to fix. This week, the Social Security&nb...

October 25, 2014

Medicaid Expansion: Beyond a 'Private Option' - Christine Vestal, Stateline

Less than a year after low-income Arkansans started receiving health coverage under the Affordable Care Act's controversial Medicaid expansion, the state is declaring its so-called...

October 23, 2014

Wealth Tax Would Shrink the Economy - Andrew Lundeen, Tax Foundation

A wealth tax would not be good for the U.S. economy....

October 22, 2014

Tax Reform Would Help American Families - Curtis S. DuBay, Heritage

There is widespread support for tax reform, yet Congress and the President have failed to take serious action. Tax reform is one of the most pressing policy improvements that Congr...

October 22, 2014

Medicaid Expansion and the ACA: Separable? - Jason Millman, Wash Post

It seemed like a pretty big political moment last night: Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a rumored 2016 Republican presidential candidate, telling the Associated Press that Obamacare repeal...

October 21, 2014

Is Obamacare Really 'Paid For'? - Robert E. Moffit, The Hill

Republican Senate Budget Committee analysts reported last week that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) — a.k.a. ObamaCare — would increase t...

October 20, 2014

4 Reasons Federal Spending Will Rise Next Year - Stan Collender, Forbes

The general expectation is that this November’s election results will produce a political situation that is ripe for more budget cutting. The combination of a new Republican ...

October 15, 2014

Obamacare Will Increase the Deficit - Budget Committee GOP

Notwithstanding the numerous budget gimmicks and accounting tricks used in the Democrats’ health plan to hide its true cost, the Congressional Budget Office’s final cos...

October 15, 2014

Dynamic Scoring: Paul Ryan's Budget Trick - Matt O'Brien, Wash Post

Tax reform is supposed to be simple, but the math isn't. Far from it, in fact....

October 14, 2014

The Deficiencies of Medicare Plans - Robert Pear, New York Times

Federal officials say they have repeatedly criticized, and in many cases penalized, Medicare health plans for serious deficiencies, including the improper rejection of cl...

October 13, 2014

Tax Progressivity and Social Cohesion - Steve Waldman, Interfluidity

Today seems to be the day to talk about whether those of us concerned with poverty and inequality should focus on progressive taxation. Edward D. Kleinbard in the Ne...

October 11, 2014

Against Global Taxation - Americans for Tax Reform

On October 13, the World Health Organization (WHO) will meet behind closed doors in Moscow to once again consider mandating expansive excise taxes that degrade national sovereignty...

October 10, 2014

When Taxes Go Up and No One Notices - Nicole Woo, The Hill

At the start of 2013, most American workers faced a 2 percent cut in their take-home pay, as the 2011-2012 Social Security payroll tax holiday came to an end. Conventional wisdom t...

October 10, 2014

100 For-Profit Schools' Lifeline: Taxpayers - Aaron Glantz, CIR

More than 100 for-profit colleges are so dependent on taxpayer money that they would be violating a law designed to prevent profiteering if not for a loophole that excludes GI Bill...

October 10, 2014

Keep the Internet Tax Moratorium - Matthew Bruno, ATR

Without further Congressional action, states and localities will begin taxing Internet access as soon as December 11th. A permanent moratorium, the Permanent Internet Tax Free...

October 8, 2014

Tax Proposals on the Ballot - Sebastian Johnson, Citizens for Tax Justice

Ah, fall. The season marks the countdown to that quintessential American holiday, wherechildish figures go door-to-door, asking for favors under false pretenses. I am of cours...

October 7, 2014

Would More Progressive Taxes Raise More Money? - Guner et al., VoxEU

Recent calls for closing fiscal deficits have been combined with proposals to shift the tax burden and increase marginal tax rates on higher earners. This column argues that revenu...

October 7, 2014

Medicaid Expansion and Jail and Prison Inmates - GAO

In 2013, the Medicaid program financed health care services for more than 72 million individuals, and an additional 7 million beneficiaries are expected to enroll in 2014 as a resu...

October 4, 2014

Don't Be Optimistic About Tax Reform - Dave Johnson, CFAF

Washington elites are “optimistic” about another “reform.” That’s never good....

October 3, 2014

Medicaid Expansion: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - Jason Fodeman, RCPolicy

In Utah, the recent meeting between Gov. Gary Herbert and Health and Human Services secretary Sylvia Burwell has brought Medicaid expansion back to center stage. Those who support ...

September 30, 2014

The Left's Populist Tax Agenda - Ira Stoll, Reason

Copying the right’s success, the left is taking its tax agenda directly to the people....

September 29, 2014

Illinois vs. Kansas: A Tale of Two Tax Policies - Steve Moore, Forbes

Much of the political spotlight across the country is focused on the economies of two Midwestern states – Illinois and Kansas....

September 27, 2014

Fixing the Business Tax Code - Jared Bernstein, On the Economy

Now that the dust has settled a bit on the Treasury’s exciting announcement of their new inversions rules, let’s kick back and cogitate a bit more on a few of the many ...

September 24, 2014

How Can States Fix Their Medicare Programs? - Chris Kardish, Governing

Erin Fair Taylor’s job isn’t easy. That’s because every day, she must figure out how to pay doctors. Taylor works for CareOregon, which is playing an active ...

September 24, 2014

Kids' Share of the Federal Budget - Hahn et al., Urban Institute

Kids’ Share 2014: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2013, an eighth annual report, looks comprehensively at federal spending and tax expenditures on children...

September 24, 2014

Paul Ryan's War on Math - Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

Paul Ryan has emerged from his long post-election period of repositioning, soul-searching, andsecretly but not secretly visiting the poor. He had been caricatured as an Ayn Ra...

September 24, 2014

Reforming the Budget Process - James C. Capretta, National Affairs

The modern federal budget process is turning 40 years old this year. Created by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, this process was established to addres...

September 19, 2014

Sales Taxes in Your State - Drenkard & Borean, Tax Foundation

This week's map shows the state sales tax rate, plus the average local rate, for each state as of July 1, 2014. This data comes from a bi-annual sales tax report we relea...

September 19, 2014

Here's What's the Matter With Kansas - Jenice Robinson, CTJ

It’s easy to hold up Kansas as the poster child for regressive tax policies gone awry....

September 17, 2014

California's Unwitting Health Care Guinea Pigs - Craig H. Kliger, CAEPS

Imagine waking up to find, as Dorothy famously did in The Wizard of Oz, that you're not in Kansas anymore, having been transported somewhere else without your volition or...

March 23, 2012

How Ryan Sold His Plan

March 23, 2012

Boehner: House Will Pass Budget

March 22, 2012

Plan Squeaks By Committee

March 22, 2012

President Slams Ryan's Budget

March 21, 2012

The Budget Wars Are Back

March 21, 2012

Ryan Plan Doesn't Go Far Enough for Some Conservatives

March 20, 2012


March 20, 2012

Plan Would Slash Taxes

March 20, 2012

GOP Wants to Play Up Tax Reofrm

March 20, 2012

A Sharp Contrast With Obama