Blog Profile / ATaxingMatter


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Archived Since:March 8, 2011

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Democratic states that invest have better economies, better quality of life, better infrastructure than red states

economnists view http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2016/07/the-path-to-prosperity-is-blue.html The Path to Prosperity Is Blue Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson: The Path to Prosperity Is Blue: How can America’s leaders foster broad prosperity? For most Republicans — including Donald J. Trump — the main answer is...

Why You Should Not Vote for TRUMP

Trump has a base of supporters that seem to think he really cares about them and will work on their behalf. Those beliefs are not based in credible evidence. Let's examine. Trump claims that he will create jobs and save...

Senate Ron Wyden's Proposal on Roth IRAs

Senator Wyden (D-Oregon) has been interested in reforming retirement account tax treatment for some time. Back in the fall of 2014, he and Senator Orrin Hatch held hearings on the need for retirement account reform, focused on the idea that...

More on Trump's Tax Returns

Today's New York Times Op-Ed by Mitchel Zuckoff (a journalism prof at Boston University), titled "Why We Ask to See Tax Returns" (Aug. 6, 2016), at A19, goes beyond my list of reasons taxpaying voters may learn items of interest...

Chamber of Commerce Sues Treasury on Inversion Regs

Back in April, the Chamber of commerce suggested that it might sue the Treasury Department for violating the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) over the new inversion regs that were issued in April (T.D. 9761, REG-135734-14). See Fortune article (Apr. 6,...

Taxes, Government, and the Good Life, Part 2

In yesterday's post, Taxes, Government, and the Good Life, I noted the "long-term position of the GOP" in favor of downsizing government, which can be seen, at least in part, as a way to justify the GOP obsession with cutting...

Taxes, government, and the good life

In 2012, Ed Asner narrated a cartoon video prepared for the California Federation of Teachers called "Taxing the Rich". It's worth watching, given the four-decades-long effort by the GOP to convince ordinary Americans that "trickle down" economic goodies will be...

Donald Trump's Tax Returns

We are now a few months from election day, when Americans across the country will go to the polls to vote for the person they think should be placed in the highest elective office in the land as president of...

Lloyd Doggett Nails the GOP Corporate Tax "Reform" Proposal

Congressional Republicans have just released their "new" corporate tax proposal. As usual for the GOP, the proposal again calls for steep cuts in the corporate tax rate. Lloyd Doggett, the Texas Democrat and member of the House Ways and Means...

Religion and Tax--not an easy issue

The Atlantic magazine has an article in the May 3 2016 issue asking "Should Courts Get to Define Religion?" The article deals with a Catholic shrine in Attleboro Massachusetts, Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette, that covers almost 200 acres...

IRS Scrutiny of 501(c)(3)s

As most everybody is aware by now, the IRS has been under considerable strain for a number of years from budget and staff reductions that have left it underfunded, understaffed, and under pressure. This is part of the right's effort...

172 rightwingers on the Republican Study Committee want to "terminate" the tax code

Somehow it seems that the more absurd the congressional Republicans get, the greater their hubris and gall in proposing ideas that would hit government programs hard and create havoc for critically important government activities. The latest is the right-wing "Republican...

Defending the IRS Against Right-Wing Attacks

The IRS is a government agency that endures all kinds of hostile attacks. Most people don't really like to pay taxes. Even I don't really "like" paying taxes, though I do recognize the importance of paying taxes and supporting the.....

Another Right Wing Propaganda Tank Piles On Tax Complexity Bandwagon

As noted in my last post, part of the fanaticism that is surging in the current obstructionist Congress relates to taxes (quel surprise...). The JEC ran a hearing on Wednesday targeting "complexity" in the tax code as a source of...

Should simplicity be a primary goal of tax reform?

I was at a housewarming party last Saturday and talked to quite a few people I didn't know. One was an economics professor at a regional school. Naturally, economists and tax professors gravitate towards talk about the economy and tax...

Finance Committee acts/doesn't act on important Tax Court, Social Security, and HHS Appointments

As the Senate Finance Committee continued work on its markup yesterday, it approved several important nominees for positions in the Social Security Administration and in the Tax Court, but failed to move forward the nomination of the current Acting Deputy...

Senate Finance Committee cuts tax return preparer regulation

As most tax practitioners realize, many people who hold themselves out as "tax return preparers" actually know nothing about the tax laws and may even assist their clients in cheating on their taxes by inventing home offices, travel-away-from-home expenses, or...

Bernie Sanders at The Monitor Breakfast

In an extraordinarily frank breakfast exchange with journalists, Bernie Sanders answered a number of questions about his views and the direction he thinks the country needs to move. As usual, the press tended to ask "horse-race" questions rather than substantive...

Kuretskis Seek Certiorari at Supreme Court about Tax Court

Peter and Kathleen Kuretski submitted a 2007 tax return showing they owed almost $25,000 but they didn't pay a penny. In the administrative process within the IRS, they sought approval of an "offer in compromise" where they would pay $1000...

Election Puzzle

The elections got me down. I must admit that I am truly puzzled by the American electorate--that is, the very small slice of American voters that actually makes it to the polls and votes. We know that many of the...

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