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Tax Reform: Archives

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

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

Golden Years for the Gilded

Michael Linden asks why the government should borrow another $830 billion to retain tax breaks that benefit only people who already came out of the Bush years much better off.

By Michael Linden | Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Geithner Calls It Like It Is: Critiques Bush-era Fiscal Policy and Calls For Tax Cuts For the Middle Class, Not the Wealthy

Geithner strongly critiques Bush-era fiscal policy, calls for tax cuts for the middle class but not the wealthiest alongside a concerted effort to reduce to the deficit.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Three Good Reasons to Let the High-End Bush Tax Cuts Disappear This Year

Michael Linden and Michael Ettlinger offer three good reasons why we should let the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2 percent expire this year.

By Michael Linden and Michael Ettlinger | Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Golden Opportunity to Evaluate Energy Tax Expenditures

A new green jobs bill offers lawmakers a chance to establish performance measures for energy tax expenditures, argue Richard W. Caperton and Sima J. Gandhi.

By Richard W. Caperton and Sima J. Gandhi | Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ask the Expert: What Are Tax Expenditures?

play_alt icon Video Sima Gandhi explains tax expenditures: what they are, what makes them different from other forms of government spending, and how we can rein them in.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Congressmen Join Chorus Calling for Tax Expenditure Scrutiny

Lawmakers at a House hearing yesterday rightly questioned the administration on why it excludes tax expenditures in its new spending control bill, says Sima J. Gandhi.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Friday, June 18, 2010

Rescission Decision

Congress should question the White House’s omission of $1 trillion in tax expenditures in its new proposal to cut wasteful spending, writes Sima J. Gandhi.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bringing Accountability to Tax Expenditures

Congress rarely scrutinizes the tax subsidies it creates, but new legislation would require them to examine this spending, writes Sima Gandhi.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Thursday, May 27, 2010

Why Do We Give Oil Companies Such Large Subsidies?

play_alt icon Video Sima J. Gandhi explains why oil companies get such large government handouts, why they take such little responsibility when they cause disasters, and what we can do to hold them more responsible.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Big Oil Discount

BP and other oil companies are able to take advantage of many loopholes and subsidies that distort the marketplace to their advantage, writes Sima Gandhi.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Thursday, May 13, 2010

Eliminating Tax Subsidies for Oil Companies

President Obama proposes eliminating nine different tax expenditures primarily benefiting oil companies in his 2011 budget, would save the government about $45 billion over the next 10 years, writes Sima J. Gandhi.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Thursday, May 13, 2010