Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Tax Deferral: An Incentive to Save More Today

When all provisions designed to encourage individuals to save for retirement are combined, they are the second largest "tax expenditure" category as defined by the Joint Committee on Taxation...

Should Washington Pay Parents to Raise Future Taxpayers?

Less than 10 percent of births to college-educated women are outside of wedlock, compared to nearly 50 percent for women lacking college degrees...

Spendthrift Nations

Switzerland wins the award for having the overall best-managed and well-balanced economy, despite the fact that government spending is higher than the optimum...

Improving Interstate Highway System Using Tolls

The estimated cost of improving the current interstate system is $983 billion in 2010 dollars...

$1.3 Billion Improperly Distributed by Social Security

The federal government may have paid $1.29 billion in Social Security disability benefits to 36,000 people who had too much income from work to qualify...

To Raise the Capital Gains Tax Rate Is to Not Raise Capital Gains Taxes

Data from the U.S. Treasury shows an inverse relationship between the top tax rate and revenue...

Betrayed: Pensioners and Taxpayers

The most poorly funded state-level defined benefit public pension plans are Illinois (24 percent), Connecticut (25 percent), Kentucky (27 percent) and Kansas (29 percent)...

Missouri, Texas Tax Burdens Even Out

The tax advantage of one state over another depends on an individual's circumstances, says Pamela Villarreal, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

Delay Social Security Claiming

Social Security retirement benefits can be claimed at any age between 62 and 70 years old, with delayed claiming resulting in larger monthly payments...

Individual Tax Rates Impact Business Activity Due to High Number of Pass-Throughs

Between 1980 and 2010, the total number of pass-through businesses nearly tripled, from roughly 10.9 million to 30.3 million...


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