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The Drawbacks of State Taxes on Financial Transactions

Key Findings: A financial transaction tax (FTT) would raise transaction costs, which would result in a lower trading volume, lower liquidity, potentially increased volatility, and lower price of assets. Lower volume limits revenue potential, lower liquidity harms traders’ ability to buy and sell shares at the best price level, and increased volatility can increase risks. […]

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2020 Spanish Regional Tax Competitiveness Index

Note: Below is an excerpt of the 2020 Spanish Regional Tax Competitiveness Index (RTCI), a recent report published in collaboration with Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad. The RTCI for Spain is designed to analyze how well regions structure their tax systems, allows policymakers, businesses, and taxpayers to evaluate and measure how their regions’ tax systems […]

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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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A Preliminary Look at 2019 Tax Data for Individuals

The IRS has released tax data covering the first 30 weeks of the tax season, providing a glimpse of how individual taxpayers fared in 2019, the second tax year under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The preliminary data provides aggregate information by income group on a range of topics, including sources of income […]

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Comparing Europe’s Tax Systems: Individual Taxes

Our recently published 2020 International Tax Competitiveness Index (ITCI) measures and compares how well OECD countries promote sustainable economic growth and investment through competitive and neutral tax systems. This week, we examine how European OECD countries rank on individual taxes, continuing our series on the ITCI’s component rankings. The ITCI’s individual tax component scores OECD […]

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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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New York Stock Exchange Signals Willingness to Relocate Servers to Avoid Proposed New Jersey Financial Transaction Tax

September 26th, a Saturday, is an ominous day for New Jersey lawmakers hoping to generate billions of dollars in annual revenue from a financial transaction tax targeting New York-based stock exchanges that currently rely on electronic infrastructure located across the river in New Jersey. On that day, all the U.S.-based exchanges will simulate a day’s […]

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New York and New Jersey Consider Financial Transaction Taxes

Seeking new sources of funding, New York and New Jersey—two states at the heart of global financial markets—are considering financial transaction taxes. New Jersey’s A4402 would impose a 0.25 cent tax on every financial transaction processed in the state. In New York, some lawmakers have proposed a rate as high as 5 cents per share […]