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May 26, 2016 - 5:52 AM EDT
Reagan Wanted His Taxes Private -- Just Like Trump
by Joseph J. Thorndike
Donald Trump likes to compare himself to Ronald Reagan, especially when trying to explain how a former Democrat finds himself at the top of the GOP ticket. But Reagan and Trump have something else in common, too: The Gipper, just like The Donald, wanted to keep his tax returns private.
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May 25, 2016 - 9:07 AM EDT
Do You Care About Good Tax Policy?
by David Brunori
Let's be honest. Most people don't. In fact, most people don't think about taxes beyond complaining about them once in a while.
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May 24, 2016 - 8:28 AM EDT
Why Negative Gearing Could Decide Australia's Elections
by Jeremy Scott
Australia's 2016 election is underway. On July 2 voters will determine whether to change prime ministers for the fifth time since 2010 or to return Malcolm Turnbull's Liberal government to a full term. Because of a radical Labor proposal on negative gearing and the Liberals pushing for a major corporate tax cut, tax policy is likely to play a major (if not deciding) role in the race.
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May 23, 2016 - 2:02 PM EDT
It’s About Time the U.S. Did a Few Things Like Europe
by Stuart Gibson
When U.S. politicians like Bernie Sanders propose to expand Americans’ access to healthcare and higher education, they are met with the reflexive criticism that the U.S. should not aspire to be like Europe, citing (among other things) the high taxes that Europeans pay for these services. While Americans may disagree about whether the Danes and the Dutch are getting their money’s worth, they cannot disagree about the level of civility that many European elected officials display as they go about doing the people’s business, and the level of engagement of the citizens they represent.
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May 19, 2016 - 5:29 PM EDT
Will There Be a Rise of State Entity-Level Taxes?
by Cara Griffith
The number of passthrough entities (which includes partnerships, limited liability companies, and S corporations) has been on the rise for the last 30 years. And along with the increase in the number of passthrough entities has been a decrease in the number of C corporations. According to the Tax Foundation, passthrough businesses now account for 94 percent of all businesses in the United States.
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May 12, 2016 - 8:36 AM EDT
The Inadequacy of BEPS
by Robert Goulder
Conventional wisdom tells us the OECD’s base erosion and profit-shifting initiative is the most significant development in tax policy in decades. Not so, says Reuven Avi-Yonah, a law professor at the University of Michigan and one of the leading critical thinkers in global taxation.
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April 12, 2016 - 1:27 PM EDT
Snitching on Your Friends’ Offshore Accounts Might Yield Only Enemies, Not Rewards
by Ajay Gupta
In amending the whistleblower statute and establishing a mandatory award in 2006, Congress evidently sought to provide greater incentives for whistleblowers by promising them more certain payments. But the statutory text does not seem to have anticipated FBAR penalties. That, combined with the subsequent delegation of administering the FBAR regime to the IRS, means that whistleblower awards largely continue to remain acts of administrative grace.
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September 21, 2015 - 9:21 AM EDT
Donald Buffett?
by Martin A. Sullivan
Two outspoken billionaires at opposite ends of the political spectrum reach the same conclusion.
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July 24, 2015 - 10:12 AM EDT
Donald Trump Is Contagious!
by Christopher Bergin
I’ve predicted that it will take two years to start a serious discussion of reforming the tax laws and the agency that administers them. After watching Rand Paul’s latest video, I’ve pushed that back a decade.
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July 11, 2014 - 9:39 AM EDT
International Tax Trending
by Mindy Herzfeld
This week’s international tax highlights include Jean-Claude Juncker’s agenda for EU tax policy, changes in the IRS’ international administration, and continued assertiveness by the U.S. and other governments in pursuing tax evasion while BEPS goes into sleep mode.
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