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House Passes Bill Aimed At Assisting Victims of Identity Theft Tax Fraud

To combat identity theft-related tax fraud, Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) introduced H.R. 3832, or the Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Prevention Act of 2016. The bill, which was co-sponsored by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Ranking Member on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, passed the House on May 15, 2016.

Lunch Links: Trump on Carbon Taxes, Taxes on Beer and Pizza, and DC Tax Changes

Today is May 16, the date in 1927 when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal income tax against a challenge that making someone pay tax on illegal income violated the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. In United States v. Show More Summary

Lunch Links: California Income Taxes Under Projection, Kansas Bond Downgrade, IRS Hiring More

Today is May 4, which is Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth be with you.”) Lest we forget, taxes are a crucial plot element in the Star Wars saga. Here are some interesting links I came across: California Income Taxes $1 Billion Under Projection:...Show More Summary

Lunch Links: May 4, 2016

Today is May 4, which is Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth be with you.”) Lest we forget, taxes are a crucial plot element in the Star Wars saga. Here are some interesting links I came across: California Income Taxes $1 Billion Under Projection:...Show More Summary

Lunch Links: April 25, 2016

Today is April 25, the most perfect date of the year. I'm pleased to share interesting tax news we've come across today, although I'm posting it a little bit after lunch as we fly across the country (more on that tomorrow). Lawmakers...Show More Summary

When You Spring Forward For Daylight Saving Time, It’s All About Energy Policy

It's Daylight Saving Time again! It's all about the farmers, right? And saving energy? Er, not so much. Here's what's really behind Daylight Saving Time in the U.S.

What’s so funny about taxes, love, and solidarity?

A couple of weeks ago I donated six cases of water to our neighbors in Flint, Michigan. I’m not alone; In an outpouring of love and solidarity for a city that’s been stuck with poisoned tap water for two years, average Americans andShow More Summary

David Bowie: Tax Planning Hero

Tax Analysts had an excellent story by Ajay Gupta a few days ago about the deft tax planning of David Bowie. The piece traces the story of Bowie’s success and consequent locale ch-changes to avoid some of the most inhospitable tax rates...Show More Summary

12 Days Of Charitable Giving 2015: Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh

It's the 12 Days of Charitable Giving 2015! Today: Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.

Merry Texas Christmas, Y'all

Finally! Dec. 25 has arrived. Not only is it Christmas, it's a no tax day here at the ol' blog. I'm taking the day off to spend it with the hubby, my mom and some friends. I hope you're getting to spend this day the way you want and with those who are important in your life. Show More Summary

Apple CEO Tim Cook: We Need a Tax Code for the Digital Age

This past Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook repeated his call for a simpler U.S. corporate tax code on CBS’s 60 Minutes. In fact, to say that he appealed for a “simpler” code might be an understatement. Cook called for a tax code that would...Show More Summary

12 Days Of Charitable Giving 2015: PACT For Animals

It's the 12 Days of Charitable Giving! Today: PACT For Animals, a charity which fosters animals for hospital patients and military personnel.

There’s no time like the present. Or next week.

On spending and extending: A few more days to work out the kinks. The Senate approved yesterday and the House will likely approve today a five-day spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. As for the tax extender package: Bargaining continues. Show More Summary

The GOP Debate: Squabbles Over Refundable Credits, Deductions, and Conservatisim

Last night’s GOP presidential debates (here’s a transcript of the main event) highlighted some important tax policy contrasts among the candidates. One thought refundable credits are conservative economic policy while another did not.  Nearly all would preserve deductions for mortgage interest and charitable gifts but one would ditch them. Show More Summary

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