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Saturday: This Week's Ten Most Popular TaxProf Blog Posts Perry Fleischer Presents How Is The Opera Like The Soup Kitchen? Today At Melbourne Senate Bill Would Exempt Student Loans Discharged For Any Reason From Being Taxed As Income Amazon Enters Student Loan Business The IRS Scandal, Day 1171 Sunday: If...

Apparently it wasn’t time for some traffic problems on I-95 during Kaine’s term as governor

Kaine’s emails show he was engaged on everything from traffic flows on southbound I-95 to explanations on why he picked one state lawmaker over another to sponsor income tax legislation. “Because I know him much better,” the governor wrote. – Kaine email trove shows media-savvy micromanager, Darren Samuelsohn, Politico, today I thought it was time […]

Senate Bill Would Exempt Student Loans Discharged For Any Reason From Being Taxed As Income

Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) have introduced the Student Loan Tax Relief Act: The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt student loans discharged for any reason from being taxed as income, including through participation...

No More Gotcha: Bill Would Exempt Student Loan Forgiveness From Tax

As student loan debt continues to grow, Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have introduced the Student Loan Tax Relief Act which would exempt discharged student loans from being taxed as income.

CBO Data Shows that Income After Taxes and Transfers has Increased While Market Income has Remained Nearly Unchanged for the Middle Class

Much is being made this political season over the stagnant incomes of middle-class workers and what can be done to improve their living standards. Solutions have ranged from more targeted tax cuts—such as “payroll tax cuts, family-friendly...Show More Summary

Trader Tax Battle Of The States: New Jersey, Washington & Massachusetts

Traders have unique tax issues on state and local income tax returns for entities and individuals. Moreover, state and local tax regimes vary significantly. The preferred entity for a trader is an S-Corp pass-through entity, which is free of entity-level federal taxation. Some states and cities subject S-Corps to taxation. (Read our recent blog post: […]

WSJ:G-20 To Scrap 30 Years Of Tax Policy And Recommend Taxing Capital Income At Higher Rates Than Wages

Wall Street Journal, A Shrinking World Spurs Calls to Rewrite the Tax Guidebook: The argument against taxing capital income relatively more than wages is losing its force. The Group of 20 has spouted the importance of “inclusive growth” for years without spelling out what it really means or how to...

How would Trump’s tax cuts affect different taxpayers?

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's tax plan would cut taxes for households across the income spectrum, but the largest benefits—in both dollar and percentage terms—would...

Trump would increase number of households not paying income taxes

Four years ago, the Republican nominee for president, Mitt Romney, got in political trouble for deriding " the 47 percent " of Americans who did...

How Has Indiana Fared Under Mike Pence?

Has Mike Pence been good for Indiana? It probably doesn't matter much, but I was curious anyway. For example, did he really enact the biggest income tax cut in the state's history? It turns out the answer is yes: he enacted a cut from 3.4 percent to 3.23 percent. Show More Summary

What Tax Brackets Are Americans In?

Four out of five Americans are in the bottom two tax brackets or are not paying income tax entirely.

Johnston:Donald Trump And Kids Named In $250m Tax Scam

The Daily Beast: Donald Trump and Kids Named in $250M Tax Scam, by David Cay Johnston: Four Donald Trump-licensed real-estate developments are at the center of a huge income tax evasion scheme, according to allegations in a lawsuit unsealed Thursday afternoon by a judge in Manhattan. The presumptive Republican nominee...

Lunch Links: 44 Percent Pay No Federal Income Tax; California Property Taxes Grow Fast; New Jersey Gas Tax Standoff Continues

Today is July 19, which would have been the 94th birthday of George McGovern, who was a U.S. Senator and the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee. In 1972, McGovern called the federal tax system “basically sound” but proposed a minimum...Show More Summary

Grewal:Why Lenity Has No Place In The Income Tax

Andy Grewal (Iowa), Why Lenity Has No Place in the Income Tax Laws, 80 Mo. L. Rev. ___ (2016): A controversy has emerged over how to interpret statutes under which the government can undertake either civil or criminal action against a person. Should courts interpret these statutes like any other...

What Tax Brackets Are Americans In?

The federal government imposes individual income taxes at seven rates, ranging from 10 percent up to 39.6 percent. But for all the attention policymakers pay...

Trump requested decade worth of tax returns from potential VPs

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Donald Trump told an interviewer in May that the income taxes he pays are "none of your business."

BOSSIP Exclusive: State Of NJ Hits Lauryn Hill With Tax Lien For Nearly Half A Mill

Singer Accused Of Not Paying State Taxes Rumors have swirled for years that The Fugees may reunite for a one off tour. And it looks like Lauryn Hill may need that tour income more than ever after her home state

Why the Gift Tax Matters So Much to You

While the words "gift" and "taxes" don't seem like they belong in the same sentence, they do -- and the gift tax can definitely matter to you. Most people know certain gifts are excluded from income tax. Currently, you can give $14,000 per year ($28,000 per year as a couple) to [...]

Teachers union writes a $10 million check for income tax ballot measure, Prop 55

Updates on California politics: Republicans remember state Sen. Sharon Runner, California water fight surfaces on Capitol Hill July 14, 2016, 4:20 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: State Sen. Sharon Runner,...

Illustrating the Earned Income Tax Credit’s Complexity

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the United States’ most important social programs, yet happens to be bogged down with some of the most complicated eligibility requirements in the tax code. The excessive complexity has commonly...Show More Summary

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