Taxes

Do Bans on Plastic Grocery Bags Save Cities Money?

Consumers choose plastic bags far more often than paper or reusable bags to carry their purchases. Compared to paper and reusable bags, plastic bags are lightweight, strong, flexible and moisture resi…

Inequities in Texas Telecom Taxation

Telecommunications, cable and wireless service consumers pay a barrage of federal, state and local taxes and fees imposed on these services and their providers. Telecom services are usually taxed like…

Limiting Retirement Account Growth Would Punish Saving

President Obama’s proposed 2014 budget includes a limit on the growth of tax-advantaged retirement accounts. Though Congress is unlikely to adopt his budget proposal, the idea of limiting retirement a…

Budget Wars

After four years without a federal budget, the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed different budget plans. The House plan sponsored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and…

The Pitfalls of Internet Sales Tax Collection

Internet sales accounted for a growing share of consumer spending over the last decade. Now smart phones and wireless networks provide an almost unlimited ability to shop and purchase goods electronic…

Congressional Brief: Taxes, Spending and the Debt Limit

The main impact of the Fiscal Cliff was averted on January 1, 2013, by a last minute agreement by the Obama administration with the Senate and House of Representatives. Among other things, the America…

The Payroll Tax Holiday

In December 2010 President Obama traded Congress a two-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for a one-year, 2 percentage-point payroll tax holiday and additional unemployment benefits. The “Tempora…

Do the Rich Pay Their Fair Share in Taxes?

The central theme of President Obama's tax policy has been that 'the rich' do not pay their fair share of federal taxes, and the middle class pays more as a result. But a report issued by the Congres…