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Tax and Spending Issues

Tax Code Is Most Progressive in Decades

Despite claims that rising incomes of the top 1 percent are the result of tax cuts for the wealthy, the tax code is actually at its most progressive level in the last 35 years...

A New Year's Resolution on Spending Cuts the Federal Government Could Keep

In 2010, the average farm household earned $84,400, up 9.4 percent from 2009 and about 25 percent more than the average household income nationwide...

Simulating the Elimination of the U.S. Corporate Income Tax

Replacing the current 35 percent corporate income tax with a more broadly based rate of 9 percent would increase wages for all workers, increase gross domestic product and still produce just as much revenue, says NCPA Senior Fellow Laurence Kotlikoff...

Evaluating the French Millionaire Tax

France may need to worry about people leaving the country thanks to its new "Millionaire Tax," but the much more insidious and powerful effect is for people to simply not make investments the country's economy needs in the first place...

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...


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