Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Administrative Woes of a Global Wealth Tax

Unlike an income tax, a wealth tax would require the government to compile a list of all of the assets of every person in the United States, from cash to stocks to vehicles, appliances, furniture and jewelry...

The State of Estate and Inheritance Taxes in 2014

Estate and inheritance taxes have large compliance costs, suppress entrepreneurship and harm economic growth...

Help the Poor without Taxing the Rich

If the U.S. could tax its way to prosperity, it would already have done so...

Uneven Recovery Across States

While nationally, state tax revenue has recovered since the recession, twenty-six states are still struggling to reach peak revenue levels...

Government Loans Cost Taxpayers More Than Expected

The CBO's current accounting method makes government programs appear less expensive because they do not include the full costs of the risks associated with such loans. On the other hand, a "fair-value" accounting approach produces quite different results...

Impact of Welfare Reform on New York City

Because of welfare reforms, New York City’s welfare caseload is 71 percent below its mid-1990s peak...

A $1.7 Billion Program That Doesn't Work

Less than half of students enrolled in the most expensive job training program within the Labor Department complete their training and find a job...

What Do U.S. Companies Pay in Foreign Taxes?

According to the most recent IRS data, U.S. companies paid $128 billion in taxes to foreign governments on $470 billion in foreign taxable income in 2010 -- a record high over the previous 18 years...

Avoiding the "Transportation Cliff"

Transit carries only 1 percent as much travel as highways. However, 20 percent of federal gas taxes go towards transit...

Improper Payments in the EITC Program

The Earned Income Tax Credit had an improper payment rate of 22 to 26 percent in 2013, costing taxpayers $13.3 to $15.6 billion...


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