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Seth Hanlon Archives

Loopholes in the Estate Tax Show Why Revenue Must Be on the Table

Donald Trump and Ivanka TrumpBefore Congress sacrifices needed public investments or puts programs that serve middle-class families at risk in the name of deficit reduction, it should ensure that the estate tax is actually paid by the few wealthy estates still subject to it.

By Seth Hanlon and Sarah Ayres Steinberg | Thursday, January 24, 2013

Next Round of Deficit Reduction Must Tackle Hidden Spending in the Tax Code

Sen. Carl Levin article icon Issue Brief Reducing or reforming certain tax breaks for high-income individuals and corporations could raise $1 trillion in revenue over 10 years.

By Seth Hanlon | Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Congress Should Close the Carried Interest Loophole

John Boehner and Mitch McConnell at a press conferenceClosing the carried interest loophole should be a part of any significant deficit-reduction or tax-reform effort.

By Seth Hanlon and Gadi Dechter | Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Reforming Our Tax System, Reducing Our Deficit

The U.S. Capitol under dark, stormy clouds book_alt2 icon Report In order to secure our fiscal future and achieve meaningful deficit reduction over the next 10 years, we need a plan that combines progressive, revenue-enhancing tax reform with pragmatic spending cuts that do not undermine the middle class, the poor, or seniors.

By Roger Altman, William Daley, John Podesta, Robert Rubin, Leslie Samuels, Lawrence Summers, Neera Tanden, Antonio Weiss, Michael Ettlinger, Seth Hanlon, and Michael Linden | Tuesday, December 4, 2012

House Republican Tax Bill Leaves Some Military Families Behind

Seth Hanlon looks at three typical military families to see how they would fare under the House Republican tax plan being voted on today. Hint: It’s not good for them.

By Seth Hanlon | Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Standing in the Way of Middle-Class Tax Cuts

The House should drop its insistence on continued tax cuts for high incomes and join the Senate in enacting tax relief for 98 percent of households, write Seth Hanlon and Sarah Ayres.

By Seth Hanlon and Sarah Ayres Steinberg | Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Senate Republican Plan Raises Far More People’s Taxes than the Senate Democratic Plan

Seth Hanlon points out that Sen. McConnell’s tax plan would let tax credits for working parents and families paying for college expire while extending all high-income tax cuts.

By Seth Hanlon | Friday, July 20, 2012

Infographic: Obamacare Is a Tax Cut for Middle-Class Families

An infographic from Maura Calsyn and Seth Hanlon shows how the Affordable Care Act is, in effect, a major tax cut for the middle class.

By Maura Calsyn and Seth Hanlon | Thursday, July 5, 2012

Closing Tax Loophole to Pay for Student Loan Bill Is Simply Common Sense

Seth Hanlon explains why closing the so-called Gingrich-Edwards loophole, which allows certain well-heeled professionals avoid taxes, is an obvious and fair way to hold down the cost of student loans.

By Seth Hanlon | Monday, May 7, 2012

The Real Hunger Games

House Republicans stealthily cut nutrition assistance as they reject revenues from the Buffett Rule as paltry, write Melissa Boteach and Seth Hanlon.

By Melissa Boteach and Seth Hanlon | Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What the Buffett Rule Will and Won’t Do

Seth Hanlon and Sarah Ayres detail three reasons why the “Fair Share Act” is good for our nation alongside three reasons why its critics are off base.

By Seth Hanlon and Sarah Ayres Steinberg | Friday, April 13, 2012

Cantor’s ‘Small Business’ Bill Is a $46 Billion Loophole for the Rich

H.R. 9 is an ineffective giveaway to the rich, poorly targeted toward small businesses, and even more poorly targeted toward job creation, writes Seth Hanlon.

By Seth Hanlon | Friday, April 13, 2012

Paul Ryan’s Phony Tax Simplification

The House Republican budget proposal is not about making the tax code simpler; it’s about making it less progressive, says Seth Hanlon.

By Seth Hanlon | Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ryan’s Secret Plan to Shift the Tax Burden Onto the Middle Class

Seth Hanlon examines how the recent budget proposal from the House Budget Committee Chairman stealthily raises taxes for the middle class while cutting them for the rich.

By Seth Hanlon | Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Obama’s Corporate Tax Plan Points the Way to Reform

Seth Hanlon explores how the president’s framework for business tax reform provides a much-needed overhaul of the international tax rules.

By Seth Hanlon | Thursday, March 8, 2012