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Tax Reform: Archives

The Mirage of ‘Figure-It-Out-Later’ Tax Reform

Michael Linden and Michael Ettlinger explain why the “Gang of Six” approach to tax reform— setting out some parameters but putting the hard decisions off for later—is the wrong way to go.

By Michael Linden and Michael Ettlinger | Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Six Principles for Tax Expenditure Reform

article icon Issue Brief Fixing the excessive and expensive system of tax breaks, credits, and loopholes is key to any deficit reduction plan. Seth Hanlon suggests six principles to guide Congress’s work in this area.

By Seth Hanlon | Thursday, October 20, 2011

Small-Business Owners Are Not Millionaires

Sarah Ayres debunks the conservative nonsense about legions of millionaire small-business owners based on an Office of Tax Analysis report.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg | Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Three Things You Need to Know About Millionaire Tax Rates

Sarah Ayres shows how many millionaires are paying less in taxes than millions of Americans.

By Sarah Ayres Steinberg | Friday, October 14, 2011

Issue Pulse: Support for the Buffett Rule

The rich as well as Ronald Reagan back a rule to ensure tax fairness.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ronald Reagan, Father of the ‘Buffett Rule’

Seth Hanlon and Michael Linden show that President Obama’s “Buffett Rule” is hardly class warfare, as critics charge. It’s merely a plea for tax fairness that so strikingly echoes ones Ronald Reagan made 25 years ago, it might be called the “Reagan Rule.”

By Seth Hanlon and Michael Linden | Monday, October 3, 2011

Obama Deficit Plan Lighter on Taxes than Bipartisan Plans

Those attacking the president’s plan for adding $1.5 trillion in revenue over the next 10 years should look at the other deficit reduction plans out there, says Michael Linden.

By Michael Linden | Monday, September 26, 2011

Obama vs. Bush: Who’s the Bigger Tax Cutter?

Michael Linden and Michael Ettlinger compare the two presidents’ records on taxes and find that President Obama’s first-term cuts are bigger than President Bush’s.

By Michael Linden and Michael Ettlinger | Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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

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