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2:00PM Water Cooler 6/16/2016

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Readers, thanks once more for your help on the Water Cooler Mini-Fundraiser! –lambert TPP/TTIP/TISA “Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said the Obama administration for the first time appears to be willing to meet his demands on TPP” [Politico]. “Bipartisanship. n. 1. Get ready for another vile piece of jobbery.” […]

Senate Holds Hearing Today On Energy Tax Policy

The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing today on Energy Tax Policy in 2016 and Beyond: Karen Alderman Harbert (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C.) Susan Kennedy (Advanced Microgrid Solutions, San Francisco) Steve Miller (Bulk Handling Systems, Eugene, OR) Benjamin Zycher (American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.) In connection with the...

The Koch Brothers Are Trying To Handpick Government Officials. We Have To Stop Them.

On Wednesday, members of the Senate Finance Committee will vote on the nomination of Charles Blahous, a Republican, to serve a second term as a public trustee for Social Security. Mr. Blahous, a prominent opponent of Social Security and the architect of President George W. Show More Summary

Sen. Hatch Calls For Closer IRS Scrutiny Of Private Museums

Following up on my previous posts: NY Times: How the Tax Law Subsidizes Private Art Collections of the Rich and Famous (Jan. 10, 2015) NY Times: Tax Status Of Museums Questioned By Senators (Nov. 30, 2015) Senate Finance Committee press release, Hatch Concludes Review into Tax-Exempt Private Museums, Notes Concerning...

Tax Law Too Lax? IRS Receives Results of Private Museum Investigation

3 weeks agoArts : Hyperallergic

Last November, Senate Finance Committee chairman Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) sent a letter to the founders of 11 private museums across the US to investigate whether the institutions operate in a way that benefits the public enough to warrant receiving tax-exempt status.

Senate Bill Would Require Presidential Candidates, Including Trump, To Release Tax Returns

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (R-OR) has introduced a bill which would require presidential nominees to release recent tax returns.

Senate Holds Hearing Today On Debt Versus Equity: Corporate Integration Considerations

The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing today on Debt versus Equity: Corporate Integration Considerations: John Buckley (Former Chief Tax Counsel, House Ways & Means Committee) Jody K. Lurie (Vice President, Janney Montgomery Scott (Philadelphia)) John McDonald (Partner, Baker & McKenzie (Chicago)) Alvin C. Warren, Jr. (Professor, Harvard Law School)...

Wyden Pursues Tax Reform for Derivatives, which is Long Overdue

Yesterday, top Senate Finance Committee Democrat Ron Wyden proposed major changes in the taxation of financial derivatives, contracts such as swaps, options, and forwards that derive their value from an underlying asset or index. The key to his proposal is a requirement that dealers annually mark-...

Return Preparer Shenanigans

Recently the Senate Finance Committee wrestled with the issue of whether to provide the IRS with authority to regulate return preparers. At around the same time Senator Warren and others proposed legislation that would require IRS to fill out relatively simple tax returns, a proposal that Forbes contributor Jeremy Scott [...]

Senate Holds Hearing Today On Integrating The Corporate And Individual Tax Systems

The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing today on Integrating the Corporate and Individual Tax Systems: The Dividends Paid Deduction Considered: Michael J. Graetz (Columbia) Judy A. Miller (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries) Steven M. Rosenthal (Tax Policy Center) Bret Wells (Houston) In connection with the hearing: Steven...

What is Corporate Integration?

Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on Finance will be holding a hearing, titled “Integrating the Corporate and Individual Tax Systems: The Dividends Paid Deduction Considered.” Even though the title of the hearing is a mouthful, the topic...Show More Summary

Senate Finance Committee Examines U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee held an oversight hearing on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that featured testimony from CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske. In his testimony, Kerlikowske highlighted...

Senator Wyden Releases Proposed Changes to Cost Recovery

Yesterday Senator Ron Wyden (D- OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, unveiled a new proposal to simplify the current cost recovery system. The proposal would alter the schedules businesses use to depreciate their assets. Current...Show More Summary

Senate Finance Committee cuts tax return preparer regulation

by Linda Beale 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 other fictional deductions. The […]

Thinking Out Of The Box On Business Tax Reform

Just about everyone wants to redesign the corporate tax, but there is little agreement among lawmakers or policy analysts on how to pay for such a reform. At a Senate Finance Committee hearing today, Tax Policy Center co-director Eric Toder urged lawmakers to think beyond the traditional cut-the-rates, broaden-the-base solution. The [...]

Senate Holds Hearing Today On Navigating Business Tax Reform

The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing today on Navigating Business Tax Reform: Thomas A. Barthold (Chief of Staff, Joint Committee on Taxation) James R. Hines, Jr. (Professor, University of Michigan) Sanford E. Zinman (Owner, Sanford E. Zinman, CPA, Tarrytown, NY Gayle Goschie (Vice President, Goschie Farms, Silverton, OR)...

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

Linda is returning to blogging again.  Welcome back.   Dan by Linda Beale 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 […]

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...

Congress May Be About To Miss a Chance to Fix A Tax Prep Problem

The Senate Finance Committee is about to miss an opportunity to fix a problem Congress has been complaining about for years. Tomorrow, the panel is planning to mark up a multi-part IRS bill. But it will leave out an important provision that would allow the agency to set minimum standards for paid...

The next showdown between the US and China is at our doorstep, and Washington finally noticed

The US and China are preparing to enter a new, dangerous phase in their strained economic relationship, and in Washington, politicians are preparing for battle. On Monday, the ranking member of the US Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) fired the first warning shot. Show More Summary

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