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Tax Reform: Archives

Senate Republican Plan Raises Far More People’s Taxes than the Senate Democratic Plan

Seth Hanlon points out that Sen. McConnell’s tax plan would let tax credits for working parents and families paying for college expire while extending all high-income tax cuts.

by Seth Hanlon | Friday, July 20, 2012

Closing Tax Loophole to Pay for Student Loan Bill Is Simply Common Sense

Seth Hanlon explains why closing the so-called Gingrich-Edwards loophole, which allows certain well-heeled professionals avoid taxes, is an obvious and fair way to hold down the cost of student loans.

by Seth Hanlon | Monday, May 7, 2012

The Rich and Powerful Really Are Rich and Powerful

Michael Linden points out the many flaws in Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson’s argument that the wealthy don’t hold sway over federal policy.

by Michael Linden | Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Federal Tax Code and Income Inequality

article icon Issue Brief Michael Linden examines how our tax code has grown less effective at dampening income inequality, and how various proposals to reform the code would affect inequality.

by Michael Linden | Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Richest 1 Percent Get More, Pay Less

This chart from Michael Linden shows how the wealthiest Americans have enjoyed more income with lower taxes since 1993. Asking them to pay their fair share should be part of any deficit reduction plan.

by Michael Linden | Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What the Buffett Rule Will and Won’t Do

Seth Hanlon and Sarah Ayres detail three reasons why the “Fair Share Act” is good for our nation alongside three reasons why its critics are off base.

by Seth Hanlon and Sarah Ayres Steinberg | Friday, April 13, 2012

Paul Ryan’s Phony Tax Simplification

The House Republican budget proposal is not about making the tax code simpler; it’s about making it less progressive, says Seth Hanlon.

by Seth Hanlon | Thursday, March 22, 2012

Stabilizing Employment and the Economy Even During Tough Times

Matt Separa explains how the new work-sharing provision of the payroll tax bill will preserve jobs, benefit businesses, and bolster the economy even during a recession.

by Matt Separa | Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The 6 Key Failures of the House Republican Budget Plan

Michael Linden finds nothing but austerity, insincerity, and duplicity in the latest plan from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

by Michael Linden | Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ryan’s Secret Plan to Shift the Tax Burden Onto the Middle Class

Seth Hanlon examines how the recent budget proposal from the House Budget Committee Chairman stealthily raises taxes for the middle class while cutting them for the rich.

by Seth Hanlon | Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Good Old Double Reverse

The House Budget Committee chairman says he wants to give to the poor but would in fact take from the elderly and give to the rich, writes Scott Lilly.

by Scott Lilly | Thursday, March 15, 2012

Obama’s Corporate Tax Plan Points the Way to Reform

Seth Hanlon explores how the president’s framework for business tax reform provides a much-needed overhaul of the international tax rules.

by Seth Hanlon | Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rich Americans Are Not Overtaxed

Sarah Ayres and Michael Linden debunk a popular, but specious, conservative talking point that purports the 1 percent are already overtaxed.

by Sarah Ayres Steinberg and Michael Linden | Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Buffett Rule

play_alt icon Video Center for American Progress Director of Fiscal Reform Seth Hanlon explains why the Buffett Rule is a fair and necessary element of tax reform.

by Seth Hanlon | Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Why We Need a Buffett Rule

Seth Hanlon gives seven commonsense arguments for requiring millionaires to pay their fair share in taxes.

by Seth Hanlon | Wednesday, February 29, 2012