Daily Policy Digest

Tax and Spending Issues

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...

Amazon Sales Take a Hit in States With Online Tax

In states that have an online sales tax, households reduced their spending on Amazon by about 10 percent compared to those in states that don't have the levy...

Tax Code War on Women

A deduction for second earners of the type that existed in the U.S. tax code from 1981 to 1986 could yield significant economic activity by drawing more women into the workforce...

Mandatory Spending on the Rise

In 1962, mandatory spending was less than 30 percent of overall federal spending, but last year a whopping 60 percent of federal spending was "mandatory"...

Tax Reform in New York

New York's tax reform bill drops the corporate tax rate from 7.1 percent to 6.5 percent -- the lowest rate that New York businesses have seen since 1968...

Walgreens May Move to Europe for Tax Break

By redomiciling abroad, Walgreens could increase its earnings per share by a whopping 75 percent...

Sales Tax Relief Fund

Sales tax collections have increased for 46 months straight in Texas through January 2014, and they constitute 55 percent of total state tax collections...

Bailout on Track to Cost Government $27 Billion

The enormous bailout of the U.S. financial system at the height of the financial crisis in fall 2008 is on track to cost the federal government $27 billion...

Income Inequality and the NBA

The United States would likely see less effort from aspiring managers if greater effort and upward mobility meant exorbitant taxes...


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