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Tax Expenditures Archives

Turn Off the Oil Subsidy Spigot

Congress dropped the ball three weeks ago on eliminating big oil tax subsidies, but it still has a chance to act, writes Sima J. Gandhi.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Tuesday, July 6, 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

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

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

Making a Better First Impression

Jitinder Kohli and Michael Ettlinger offer recommendations to simplify the tax system and process less of a hassle for American taxpayers.

By Jitinder Kohli and Michael Ettlinger | Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tax Expenditures 101

book_alt2 icon Report A primer on tax expenditures—a privileged form of government spending that often evades scrutiny.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Pumping Tax Dollars to Big Oil

It’s time for Congress to re-examine its priorities when it comes to tax subsidies for oil companies, which total billions of dollars a year.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Wednesday, April 14, 2010

America’s Hidden Power Bill

book_alt2 icon Report Report from Richard W. Caperton and Sima J. Gandhi argues that federal tax expenditures for energy should receive equal treatment with direct spending in the budget process.

By Richard W. Caperton and Sima J. Gandhi | Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Audit the Tax Code

book_alt2 icon Report Report from Sima J. Gandhi sets out the Doing What Works philosophy on tax expenditure reform.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Government Spending Undercover

book_alt2 icon Report Report from Lily Batchelder and Eric Toder offers recommendations for reforming IRS-administered spending.

By Lily Batchelder and Eric Toder | Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cracking the Code

book_alt2 icon Report A closer look at spending by Sima Gandhi shows some seriously surprising tax subsidies. This lists 10 examples of tax expenditures that warrant further examination.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Thursday, April 1, 2010

Slay the Sacred Tax Cow

Scrutinizing and cutting wasteful tax expenditures is a necessary part of fiscal planning that can save governments billions, writes Sima Gandhi.

By Sima J. Gandhi | Monday, March 8, 2010