Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

States Pass "Amazon Taxes"

Rather than boost brick-and-mortar sales, Amazon sales tax collections have pushed shoppers to purchase from other online retailers that are not subject to the tax collection requirements...

State Unemployment Trust Funds in Trouble

Prior to the recession, the states together had less than $40 billion in their unemployment trust funds, the lowest level since World War II; in the early 2000s, the state funds had more than $50 billion...

Which State Taxes Provide the Best Return on Investment?

Wyoming taxpayers ranked at the top of the list for their return on their tax investment...

Making Bonus Expensing Permanent

Low-income Americans would benefit most from bonus expensing, as it would increase the after-tax income of those earning less than $40,000 by more than 1 percent...

Flat Income Taxes Don’t Endanger Public Finances or Create Inequality

States with progressive income taxes have higher inequality than those with other tax schemes...

Who Pays The Corporate Income Tax?

Almost 60 percent of the corporate tax burden falls on workers...

Corporations Moving Abroad for Tax Reasons

The United States needs to cut its corporate tax rate significantly and change from a worldwide tax system to a territorial one in order to stop the shift of companies and jobs overseas...

Unintended Consequences of Welfare Asset Limits

In order to qualify for benefits, welfare recipients are effectively told not to save money or retain assets...

Corporate and Individual Tax Expenditures

The largest individual tax expenditure is the exclusion of employer contributions to insurance premiums -- a $196 billion expenditure, worth more than all corporate expenditures combined...

Housing Tax Breaks Benefit the Wealthy and Create McMansions

In Atlanta, the housing tax breaks and mortgage deductions reduce the annual homeowner cost by less than $2,000, compared to more than $10,000 in Los Angeles...


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