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Latest CBO Report on Incomes and Taxes Shows that the Federal Fiscal System is Very Progressive

Key Findings Joe Biden has proposed an ambitious agenda that would make the federal fiscal system more progressive, and the huge budget deficits caused by the numerous COVID-19 relief packages could heighten the call for more tax revenues. What is needed are benchmark facts to guide these debates. A recent study by the Congressional Budget […]

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Using Carbon Tax Revenue to Grow the Economy

The Biden administration has made climate change one of the core challenges it plans to address over the next four years. One climate policy lawmakers have debated—and will likely continue to do—is a carbon tax. At the same time, the new Administration will have to tackle the severe, and likely continuing, economic fallout of the […]

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5 Observations on Janet Yellen’s Recent Confirmation Testimony

In her recent confirmation hearing, economist Janet Yellen, President Biden’s choice for Treasury Secretary, sought to reassure markets that the new administration would not raise corporate taxes until the economy improves. At the same time, however, she sent a troubling signal that when they do push for higher corporate tax rates, they would do so […]

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Tax Subsidies for R&D Expenditures in Europe

Many countries incentivize business investment in research and development (R&D), intending to foster innovation. A common approach is to provide direct government funding for R&D activity. However, a significant number of jurisdictions also offer R&D tax incentives. These generally take two forms, namely patent boxes—taxing income derived from intellectual property at a rate below the statutory […]

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To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Property Taxes?

Property taxes represent a major source of revenue for states and the largest source of tax revenue for localities. In fiscal year 2018, the most recent data available, property taxes were such a significant source of local revenue that they accounted for 71.7 percent of local tax collections nationwide and 31.1 percent of total U.S. […]

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President-elect Biden Outlines Plan for Additional Coronavirus-Related Relief and Stimulus

In releasing details of his coronavirus relief plan Thursday evening, President-elect Joe Biden envisions a two-part response to the pandemic and economic crisis. The first aspect builds on previous rounds of relief enacted in 2020, and would provide larger payments to individuals, expanded relief for households and small businesses, funding for vaccine distribution, and aid […]

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Day 2 of OECD Consultation on International Tax Reform Blueprints

On Friday, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) hosted the second of two days of a public consultation on changes to international corporate tax rules. The consultation is in the context of the Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting which is made up of delegates from more than 135 countries and […]

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Day 1 of OECD Consultation on International Tax Reform Blueprints

On Thursday, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) hosted the first of two days of a public consultation on changes to international corporate tax rules. The consultation is in the context of the Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting, which is made up of delegates from more than 135 countries and […]

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Double Taxation of Corporate Income in the United States and the OECD

Key Findings The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowered the top integrated tax rate on corporate income distributed as dividends from 56.33 percent in 2017 to 47.47 percent in 2020; the OECD average is 41.6 percent. Joe Biden’s proposal to increase the corporate income tax rate and to tax long-term capital gains and qualified dividends at […]

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How Expensing for Capital Investment Can Accelerate the Transition to a Cleaner Economy

Key Findings Expensing for capital investments would increase new investment and capital stock turnover, supporting the replacement of old capital with more environmentally friendly structures, machinery, and equipment. Lowering the cost of investment would eliminate the tax bias against more capital-intensive energy efficiency improvement projects. Neutral cost recovery for structures would increase apartment building construction, […]