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Tax and Spending Issues

Ten Things to Keep in Mind When Discussing Social Security Reform

Social Security benefits and costs have already risen to the point of destroying many individuals' ability and incentive to save...

Assessing Fiscal Sustainability

The United States needs to raise taxes, cut spending or engage in a combination of these policies by an amount equal to 10.3 percent of annual gross domestic product to close its fiscal gap, says Laurence Kotlikoff, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Who Benefits from the Mortgage Interest Deduction?

Households earning over $100,000 in 2012 claimed 77.3 percent of the total mortgage interest deduction tax savings, essentially the same as in 2010; for households making between $40,000 and $50,000 the average tax savings was $54 a month...

The Hidden Danger in Public Pension Funds

Public pensions pose roughly 10 times more risk to taxpayers and government budgets now than in 1975...

Slammed by New Taxes: Why You're Poorer Than You Think

An analysis of a hypothetical couple earning $500,000 per year and $315,000 in investment income found that the couple's tax liability would increase from $183,000 in 2012 to $220,000 in 2013...

Pricing Roads to Revitalize U.S. Infrastructure

An investment public-private partnership plan would relieve congestion; the price of using the road would reflect the actual cost, and congestion pricing would allocate road space to those who most value it...

Wastebook 2013

The Army National Guard spent $10 million on Superman movie tie-ins while plans were being made to cut the strength of the Guard by 8,000 soldiers...

State Income Tax Laws Vary Widely

New York says that it would lose $100 million annually from legislation that sets a 30-day minimum for income tax liability for individuals who live and work in different states...

Retroactive Taxation and the Baucus Proposal

Retroactive taxes can distort economic activity, reduce efficiency, and slow growth by creating uncertainty and fear that more retroactive tax hikes will be imposed...

The Impact of Taxes on Charitable Giving

A 28 percent cap on the charitable deduction, as proposed in President Obama's FY2013 budget, would result in overall charitable giving dropping by 4.35 percent -- a total loss of $9.4 billion...


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