tax fairness

Representative Keith Ellison held a press conference yesterday outside the Capital building in Washington, D.C. to announce the reintroduction of a bill that would tax financial transactions on Wall Street. The Inclusive Prosperity Act, which was first introduced last year and is supported by many...
04/18/2013
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The wealthy are remarkably adept at feeling vicitimized, despite their unprecedented income gains over the past few decades and their unparalleled level of political clout in a democracy where money equals free speech.  An AP article this morning in USA Today will surely feed these...
03/04/2013
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State tax systems, according to a new report from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, take a far larger share of income from their lowest income residents than they do from the wealthy, exacerbating income inequality within and between states, encouraging the wealthy to move to low tax...
02/13/2013
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Mitt Romney finally offered up some details yesterday about tax reform, specifically how he would limit tax deductions and broaden the tax base in order to afford the lower tax rates he is proposing. Romney said in Denver: As an option, you could say everybody's going to get up to a $17,000...
10/03/2012
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Perhaps the volume hasn't been quite as loud as it was in 2008, perhaps a lot of the discussion has been subsumed into coded language, but the 2012 presidential election is still very much about redistribution: when it's fair, when it isn't, and, perhaps most importantly from a political...
10/01/2012
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One of the few thin­gs that President Obama and Mitt Romney are likely to agree on when they debate next week is the need for tax reform. Both candidates have backed streamlining America’s crazy-quilt tax code, and both have said that reforms could boost economic growth. Meanwhile, two key...
10/01/2012
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Conservatives are trumpeting a new video in which a younger Obama embraces the dreaded socialist sin of redistribution. His earlier words will no doubt hurt Obama among some segment of the electorate -- even though most voters in both parties, whether they realize it or not, actually favor a host...
09/20/2012
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University of Pittsburgh economist Chris Briem is out with a post titled “Things That Make Libertarians Implode," on the new Census report showing there are 84,004 local governments in the United States. Chris is right that that’s a lot of government, but what’s interesting is how little...
09/11/2012
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It's not often that we get a detailed look inside the tax strategies of a private equity firm, so Gawker's publication of a trove of documents related to Bain Capital is a welcome event. The documents show -- once again -- how sophisticated business people have myriad ways to avoid taxes -- and, in...
08/24/2012
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The news of looming cuts in California's education system is, an and of itself, depressing and frightening. Considered as part and parcel of a pervasive American tic -- the ability to be both aware of a problem but obstinately unwilling to do anything to solve it -- well, one can't help but be...
08/22/2012
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