Economic and Fiscal Debates Must Distinguish Between the Short Term and Long Term
Failing to distinguish short term from long term often confuses the federal budget debate, as was the case in a recent article about a Center for American Progress report co-authored by Antonio Weiss.
Congress Needs to Get Its Priorities Straight on the Tax Extenders
The early reports of a possible deal on tax extenders show how Congress has abandoned the concepts of fairness and efficiency.
The Skinny on Corporate Inversions
Issue Brief A growing number of U.S. companies are using corporate inversions to change their corporate residence—and to avoid U.S. taxes in the process. Here’s what Americans need to know.
The Middle-Class Squeeze
Report America's middle class is being squeezed by stagnant—and in many cases declining—incomes and rising costs. To address the middle-class squeeze, we need to enact policies that will both increase incomes and also address rising child care, higher education, health care, housing, and retirement costs.
The Growing Consensus to Improve Our Tax Code
Report Despite the political gridlock over taxes, there are actually many areas on which both sides agree. Policymakers should start here to improve our tax system.
Corporate Profits and Taxes
Charts Corporate profits now constitute a record-breaking share of total national income, while corporate taxes contribute a declining share of total federal revenues.
Switching from a Gas Tax to a Mileage-Based User Fee
Report The insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund threatens federal transportation programs. Implementing a mileage fee would provide robust funding for decades to come.
Repatriation Holiday: It’s Time To Drop It For Good
A repatriation holiday would cost the United States billions of dollars and would not increase domestic investment.
How the Government Subsidizes Wealth Inequality
Issue Brief Wealth inequality has increased dramatically in recent years, and government subsidies for capital gains and dividends are only making the situation worse by helping the rich get richer.
Pfizer’s Tax-Dodging Bid for AstraZeneca Shows Need to Tighten U.S. Tax Rules
Pfizer’s attempt to move its headquarters out of the United States by acquiring the U.K.-based AstraZeneca corporation highlights why the United States must prevent these kinds of corporate inversions—and why corporate tax reform must not become a race to the bottom.
Top 5 Reasons Why Immigration Reform Means More Tax Revenues
Immigration reform would lead to significant increases in the country’s tax revenues.
Offshore Corporate Profits: The Only Thing ‘Trapped’ Is Tax Revenue
Issue Brief Inducing multinational corporations to “repatriate” offshore profits will have little or no effect on the broader U.S. economy because, by and large, that money is already here. The problem with these accumulated corporate profits is not that they are “offshore”—it is that they are untaxed.
The Impact of Redistributive Tax and Transfer Programs on Risk-Taking Behavior and Labor Mobility
Report A new CAP analysis explores the effects that redistributive tax and transfer programs have on Americans’ risk-taking behavior and labor mobility.
Priorities for Progressive, Pro-Growth Corporate Tax Reform
Issue Brief A broad reform is needed to ensure that the corporate tax code enables, rather than impedes, our nation’s economic success.
Competing Approaches to Tax Reform
Issue Brief President Obama’s balanced approach to tax reform, which eliminates unfair giveaways to the rich, stands in stark contrast to the House GOP’s proposed reforms that favor the wealthy and unfairly burdens poor and middle-class families.