Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

Fraud Still a Problem in Extended Unemployment Benefit Programs

States recorded some $7.7 billion dollars in improper unemployment insurance payments in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Labor...

Inflation Leads to High Effective Capital Gains Tax Rate

The capital gains tax slows growth and constitutes a double tax on corporate profits; any time stock is sold above its purchase price, the gain from that sale is taxed...

Ending Farm Subsidies

According to a 2011 U.S. Government Accountability Office study, over 50 farms each received more than $500,000 in subsidies for crop insurance premiums...

Abolishing the Corporate Income Tax

When the corporate income tax is dropped to zero and lost revenue is replaced with somewhat higher personal income tax rates, the Tax Analysis Center's model demonstrates that investment will skyrocket, and output and real wages will rise dramatically, says NCPA Senior Fellow Laurence Kolitkoff...

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...


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