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A Holiday Tradition: Tax Extenders Slated to Expire at End of 2021

It’s that time of year when we review which items of the tax code are scheduled to expire or otherwise change in just a few days. An eclectic group of temporary tax policies approach their expiration dates, but at the last minute typically hitchhike onto must-pass legislation for another temporary extension. Not so this year, […]

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Patching Spain’s Tax Code Won’t Attract Investors

Three years after its initial announcement, Spain’s government has given a green light to the “start-up law” and sent it to parliament. The bill that could be approved by mid-2022 is part of the reform package that Spain and the European Commission agreed upon in order for Spain to receive the European Union recovery funds. […]

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Red Flags Emerge in Build Back Better Book Minimum Tax, Interest Expense Limitation

The Build Back Better Act (BBBA) would raise taxes to pay for social spending programs. But the design of some of the tax increases may end up hurting private pensions, among other problems. By relying on measures of income reported on company financial statements, i.e., book income, the proposed corporate alternative minimum tax and the […]

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2022 Tax Brackets

See 2021 Tax Brackets On a yearly basis the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) adjusts more than 60 tax provisions for inflation to prevent what is called “bracket creep.” Bracket creep occurs when people are pushed into higher income tax brackets or have reduced value from credits and deductions due to inflation, instead of any increase in […]

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Spain’s 2022 Budget Unsurprisingly Comes with More Tax Hikes

Spain’s lower chamber has given a green light to the 2022 budget proposal, which comes with a new minimum corporate tax rate of 15 percent for large companies with annual revenue over €20 million (US $23 million), while banks and energy firms must pay a minimum of 18 percent. The goal is to prevent companies […]

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Lawmakers Consider Untested and Complex Policies to Fund Reconciliation Bill

Tax reform should simplify the tax code. Instead, Congress is debating new ways to raise revenue that would make the tax code more complex and more difficult to administer. The new proposals—imposing an alternative minimum tax on corporate book income, applying an excise tax on stock buybacks, levying a surcharge on higher earners, and, at […]

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Coloradans to Vote on Structurally Unsound Property and Cannabis Tax Changes

On November 2, in addition to electing various city council and school board members, Colorado voters will decide two important questions of state tax policy. Proposition 120 would reduce property tax assessment rates for two subclasses of property and require the state to spend up to $25 million a year, for up to five years, […]

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Reviewing Business Tax Expenditures: Credit Union Tax Exemption

Key Findings Policymakers should carefully analyze tax expenditures before categorizing one as a loophole—some tax expenditures are important structural elements of the tax code while others are unsound. Generally, if a provision is broadly available and helps to eliminate the double taxation of saving, or broadly contributes to a consumption tax base, it is sound […]

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Expense Allocation: A Hidden Tax on Domestic Activities and Foreign Profits

The U.S. corporate tax code is a complicated behemoth, loaded with numerous arcane provisions—some of these providing special tax breaks, others imposing special tax penalties. Among the latter group, indirect expense allocation rules penalize domestic activities and impose a hidden surtax on foreign profits. While arcane, expense allocation rules are relevant to current debates because […]

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Analysis of Sen. Wyden’s Pass-through Deduction Proposal

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) recently introduced the Small Business Tax Fairness Act—the impact of which we modeled—to reform the Section 199A pass-through business deduction created in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017. The provision currently allows taxpayers to deduct up to 20 percent of their qualified business income from their taxable income, […]