Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Economic Growth Slowest in Estate Tax States

Estate and inheritance taxes have large compliance costs, have been shown to suppress entrepreneurship, and are among the most harmful taxes to economic growth...

Could Personally Owned Retirement Programs Replace Social Security?

Social Security currently faces $13.4 trillion in unfunded liabilities...

Consumption Taxes Make Up a Majority of Developed Nations' Revenues

On average, countries raise approximately 32.8 percent of their tax revenue from consumption taxes...

Social Security in Need of Reform

The number of Social Security beneficiaries is growing faster than the number of workers sup-porting them — the number of elderly will near¬ly double between now and 2034 while the number of new workers will only increase 16 percent...

Flat Tax is a Fair Tax

High tax rates stifle innovation, work, investment and American competitiveness...

The United States Tax Code Is In Need of Serious Spring Cleaning

A corporate tax reform that lowered the U.S. tax rate would return the United States to international tax norms, ridding it of the dubious distinction of having the highest statutory tax rate in the world...

Congress Blames TurboTax for Billion Dollar Tax Fraud

Even though the Affordable Care Act threw $77 million at the tax fraud problem and instituted a glitzy new state-of-the-art anti-fraud center, Medicare fraud still climbed by $12 billion over 2010 levels...

The U.S. Tax Code: Get Married and Face Potential Penalties

Marriage penalties occur when two individuals with equal incomes marry; this is true for both high- and low-income couples...

America to Pay Its Tax Bill on April 24

Americans will pay some $3.3 trillion in federal taxes and $1.5 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total bill of more than $4.8 trillion, or 31 percent of the nation's income...

Tax Reform Could Improve Tax Filing Process

With a tax code that runs 4 million words and has been changed over 4,680 times since 2001, it is not surprising that taxpayers and even the agency enforcing the code struggle to keep pace...


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