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Pandemic Highlights the Need for Better Tax Policy for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

As Congress works to provide another round of emergency relief for individuals and businesses impacted by the pandemic and pass a bill funding the government for FY 2021, it is a good time to step back and consider how tax policy affects entrepreneurs and small businesses. In addition to short- and long-term tax policy issues, […]

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Taxes and New York’s Fiscal Crisis: Evaluating Revenue Proposals to Close the State’s Budget Gap

Executive Summary At first glance, New York faces projected budget shortfalls as arresting as the New York City skyline, and to meet the challenge, some have proposed taxes that would rival that skyline for staggering height. The challenge confronting policymakers is real, though perhaps not as dire as once feared. Its intensity depends on the […]

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What Federal Policymakers Can Learn from Business Tax Refunds in 2020

A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlights the ways federal policymakers and the White House could build on the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic and economic downturn. As part of this report, GAO reviewed how the relief measures for businesses and individuals have worked through 2020, including information about tax refund […]

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Poland Borrows an Idea from Estonia’s Tax System, but Misses the Point

Poland and Estonia have dramatically different tax systems. While Estonia has earned the top rank in our International Tax Competitiveness Index for seven years running, Poland consistently ranks toward the bottom of the Index. This year Poland ranks 34th out of 36 countries. While consumption and property tax policies are key contributors to this low […]

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Patent Box Regimes in Europe

Patent box regimes (also referred to as intellectual property, or IP, regimes) provide lower effective tax rates on income derived from IP. Most commonly, eligible types of IP are patents and software copyrights. Depending on the patent box regime, income derived from IP can include royalties, licensing fees, gains on the sale of IP, sales […]

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Potential Regulatory Changes in Tax Policy Under the Biden Administration

With a likely divided U.S. Congress this January, the incoming Biden administration may have a limited ability to pass the tax changes proposed by Biden during the 2020 presidential campaign. Much of Biden’s tax plan included tax increases on higher earners and businesses, which are unlikely to be considered by a likely Republican-controlled Senate pending […]

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Does Your State Have a Throwback or Throwout Rule?

This week’s state tax map looks at throwback and throwout rules in states’ corporate tax codes. These rules may not be widely understood, but they have a notable impact on business location and investment decisions and reduce economic efficiency for the states which impose such rules. Over the long run, these rules reduce competitiveness while yielding very […]

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How Should Wealth and Work Be Treated in the Tax Code?

Late last week, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden released a piece reviewing his tax proposals, contrasting them with President Donald Trump’s tax ideas. A major theme within this piece can be summarized in the title: “A Tale of Two Tax Policies: Trump Rewards Wealth, Biden Rewards Work.” Biden raises an important question regarding how work […]

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Brazil has the Opportunity to Implement a Simple Consumption Tax and Foster Tax Progressivity at the Same Time

On July 21 the Brazilian government sent to its Congress the first stage of its proposed tax reform. The proposal includes unifying two levies on consumption, the so-called PIS and COFIN taxes, into a 12% value-added tax (VAT). Brazil has one of the world’s most complex tax systems. According to the World Bank while a […]

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National Taxpayer Advocate’s Report Is a Road Map to Simpler Pandemic Relief Provisions

Last week, National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins released her first report to Congress on the challenges taxpayers have faced related to the coronavirus pandemic, including the tax changes made through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The National Taxpayer Advocate’s findings show that policymakers should prioritize simplicity in the next round […]