Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

America to Pay Its Tax Bill on April 24

Americans will pay some $3.3 trillion in federal taxes and $1.5 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total bill of more than $4.8 trillion, or 31 percent of the nation's income...

Tax Reform Could Improve Tax Filing Process

With a tax code that runs 4 million words and has been changed over 4,680 times since 2001, it is not surprising that taxpayers and even the agency enforcing the code struggle to keep pace...

Identity Theft Is Taking A Toll On Tax Refunds

The IRS says it assisted over 800,000 suspected victims of tax-related identity theft last year alone...

California Retirement Benefit Costs Causing Infrastructure Maintenance to Suffer

In recent years, California municipalities have seen retirement benefit costs grow at a rate above that of taxes, fees, and charges...

Two Tax Bills Could Soon Affect Future Tax Returns

Even the most ardent supporters of taxing the rich are starting to realize that the estate tax is more bother than it's worth...

Abolishing the Death Tax Could Increase Wages and Investments

The federal government seizes over 40 percent of an individual's estate when they die...

Your Tax Refund Is an Interest-Free Loan to the Government

Getting a refund means you paid too much in taxes last year and the government is paying that money back — without interest...

Jock Tax Gives Professional Athletes Additional Burden

Professional athletes must file returns for many of the states and some of the cities where they play, a levy commonly known as the jock tax...

The IRS: A Federal Welfare Agency

Handouts, such as tax credits and Obamacare exchange subsidies, quadrupled from $30 billion in 2000 to an estimated $121 billion in 2015...

The 114th Congress Should Reform Tax Policies Soon

Congress can pass legislation this year that would make a significant difference in the lives of Americans...


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