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Tax Reform: Archives

Rich People’s Taxes Have Little to Do with Job Creation

Lower top marginal income tax rates don’t lead to employment growth as conservatives claim, writes Michael Linden.

By Michael Linden | Monday, June 27, 2011

The Myth of the Lower Marginal Tax Rates

Comparing growth rates during times of high and low marginal tax rates shows that lower rates do not translate to faster growth, writes Michael Linden.

By Michael Linden | Monday, June 20, 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

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

Americans Believe in Tax Equity

James Hairston examines myths about American attitudes toward taxes and finds that people want policymakers to take on Bush tax cuts for the wealthy as part of any long-term budget plan.

By James Hairston | Friday, April 15, 2011

New Weekly Series Explains Government’s Biggest Tax Breaks

Seth Hanlon explains in plain English how multibillion dollar “tax expenditures” work, their pros and cons, and their effect on the federal budget.

By Seth Hanlon | Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tax-Free Health Insurance

Seth Hanlon launches a new weekly series by looking at the biggest tax break in the Internal Revenue Code: the tax exemption for employer-sponsored health insurance.

By Seth Hanlon | Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Modern Corporate Tax

book_alt2 icon Report In a report jointly released by the Center for American Progress and The Hamilton Institute, Alan J. Auerbach discusses a corporate tax reform plan that delivers a host of economic advantages to U.S. businesses and American workers.

By Alan J. Auerbach | Monday, December 13, 2010

The Power of the President

book_alt2 icon Report Recommendations to advance progressive change from the Center for American Progress and Senior Fellows, compiled by Sarah Rosen Wartell and with a forward from John Podesta.

By Sarah Rosen Wartell and John Podesta | Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Wealthy Don’t Need Bonus Tax Cuts

Michael Ettlinger details why not extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans would only cost them a fraction of the wealth they accrued over the past decade.

By Michael Ettlinger | Monday, November 15, 2010

Let the Bonus Tax Cuts for the Top 2 Percent Fade into the Sunset

Seth Hanlon outlines the reasons why letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire is a good idea.

By Seth Hanlon | Monday, November 15, 2010

Facts vs. Fiction: Conservatives Claims About Small Business Taxes Are Bogus

Pat Garofalo details why conservative claims about tax breaks for the wealthy and tax breaks for small businesses are nearly completely fictitious.

By Pat Garofalo | Monday, November 15, 2010

Tax Cuts for the Middle Class Are Good; Tax Cuts for the Rich Are Bad

The public sends a strong message to Congress in a new poll about the tax cut debate, observes Ruy Teixeira.

By Ruy Teixeira | Monday, September 20, 2010

Forget the Question. The Answer Is “Tax Cuts”

Conservatives cling to tax cuts—which increase the deficit—while complaining of out-of-control deficit spending, writes Eric Alterman.

By Eric Alterman | Thursday, September 9, 2010