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Seth Hanlon Archives

The Tax Gap

This is the latest in a weekly series of talking points from CAP’s Doing What Works team showing how we can make smart budget cuts and targeted investments that boost government efficiency—not gut essential services.

By Seth Hanlon | Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tax Ex-Spend-Itures

Seth Hanlon explains how the debt limit debate underway in Washington isn’t really about spending versus taxes, as conservatives claim—it’s about whether conservative lawmakers are willing to put wasteful tax code spending on the chopping block.

By Seth Hanlon | Thursday, June 30, 2011

Good News on Deficit Reduction

Seth Hanlon and Michael Linden are delighted conservatives in Congress may agree that $1 trillion in tax subsidies can be cut to reduce federal spending.

By Seth Hanlon and Michael Linden | Thursday, June 23, 2011

Reviewing What Works

The Center for American Progress has developed a performance review process that helps the government undertake a systematic review of spending programs and tax expenditures.

By Jitinder Kohli and Seth Hanlon | Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ten Charts that Prove the United States Is a Low-Tax Country

Michael Linden, Seth Hanlon, and Jordan Eizenga show that the United States has low taxes for individuals and corporations compared to other countries and compared to American history.

By Michael Linden, Seth Hanlon, and Jordan Eizenga | Friday, June 10, 2011

Bait and Switch

Melissa Boteach and Seth Hanlon detail the links between extending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires last year and House Republicans’ vote to slash nutrition and food assistance to the neediest among us.

By Melissa Boteach and Seth Hanlon | Thursday, June 2, 2011

Budgeting for Growth and Prosperity

book_alt2 icon Report Michael Ettlinger, Michael Linden, and Seth Hanlon present a plan for long-term deficit reduction that builds a strong American economy.

By Michael Ettlinger, Michael Linden, and Seth Hanlon | Wednesday, May 25, 2011

CAP’s Plan for Budgeting for Growth and Prosperity

A two-pager by Michael Ettlinger, Michael Linden, and Seth Hanlon gives the highlights of CAP's plan to reduce the deficit while growing a strong economy.

By Michael Ettlinger, Michael Linden, and Seth Hanlon | Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Why Oil Companies Don’t Need Tax Subsidies

play_alt icon Video Seth Hanlon explains why we don't need to give tax subsidies to oil companies.

By Seth Hanlon | Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Eliminating Big Oil Tax Loopholes Won’t Lead to a Tax Increase

Seth Hanlon and Daniel J. Weiss explain why oil company lobbyists are wrong when they claim that ending handouts to companies will increase taxes.

By Seth Hanlon and Daniel J. Weiss | Monday, May 16, 2011

Big Oil’s Misbegotten Tax Gusher

Seth Hanlon shows how oil and gas companies are poised to reap more than $70 billion in tax breaks over the next 10 years, even as they rake in billions in profits that are squeezing ordinary Americans at the pump.

By Seth Hanlon | Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bring Back BABs

book_alt2 icon Report Report from Jordan Eizenga and Seth Hanlon argues that the Build America Bonds worked and Congress should revive it.

By Jordan Eizenga and Seth Hanlon | Friday, April 29, 2011

Tax Expenditure of the Week: Tax Day Roundup

Seth Hanlon takes a pre-Tax Day break from counting down the country’s biggest tax code spending programs to see what many tax expenditures have in common—and how they can be improved.

By Seth Hanlon | Friday, April 15, 2011

Tax Expenditure of the Week: Tax-Free Capital Gains for Primary Residences

Seth Hanlon explains the $35 billion annual tax break that lets people avoid paying taxes on gains from selling a home.

By Seth Hanlon | Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tax-Free “Inside Buildup” of Life Insurance

Jordan Eizenga and Seth Hanlon explain the $22.6 billion annual tax subsidy for life insurance.

By Seth Hanlon and Jordan Eizenga | Wednesday, March 30, 2011