Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Wasted Tax Dollars in 2014

The government spent $804,254 to develop a smartphone game to instruct parents to convince their children to eat new, healthy foods...

Overpayments in the Social Security Program

When a child's parent dies, he is eligible to receive Social Security benefits up to the age of 19, as long as he is enrolled in an elementary or secondary school full time...

Fraud in the Tax Code

While complexity and inadvertent errors are a large part of the reason for the tax gap, some of the gap is due to fraud...

What Is the Tax Gap?

Between 2001 and 2012, more than 4,600 changes were made to the tax code -- an average of more than one per day...

It Costs More to Make Pennies and Nickels than They're Worth

It costs the government 1.7 cents to make a penny and more than 8 cents to make a nickel...

Increasing Investment with Bonus Depreciation

When businesses make investments (such as purchasing equipment or buildings), they cannot deduct the full cost of those expenses in the same way that they would with other types of expenses...

Not All Income Tax-Free States Are Alike

Sales and property tax rates vary among the states with no income taxes, and some people may be better off by moving from one state to another...

Is Adding 300,000 Jobs Unusual?

Pundits cheered this month when the Department of Labor announced 321,000 jobs were added in the month of November...

Work Requirement Exemptions Extended for 2015

Residents in 28 states will be exempted from work requirements to receive food stamps...

IRS Makes Billions of Improper Tax Credit Payments

In 2013, the IRS paid between $13.3 billion and $15.6 billion in "improper" EITC payments – between 22 and 26 percent of all EITC payments from that year...


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