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April 15, 2014 - 9:08 AM EDT
Tax Day – It Just Isn’t Fair
by Christopher Bergin
If you want to blow off a little steam on tax day, I have a prescription. Tax Analysts has created a neat video on how widely held partnerships are audited – or not audited. It’s very entertaining, and the perfect way to say happy tax day and get your dander up about the mess that is our tax system. And it won’t cost you one cent in extra taxes.
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April 14, 2014 - 1:38 PM EDT
Why the Free File Alliance Is Bad for Taxpayers
by Jeremy Scott
It’s almost tax day, and many taxpayers are probably struggling to finish their returns or contemplating filing for an extension. The classic picture of a harried citizen crouched over a paper return frantically erasing numbers is out of date thanks to the advent of e-filing, but the use of online filing methods has brought with it a new problem for tax administration: the Free File Alliance (FFA). Many taxpayers may not be aware of how the FFA is working to make it both more expensive and harder to file.
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April 10, 2014 - 8:52 AM EDT
How Dave Camp's Failure Might Be Michael Graetz's Victory
by Joseph J. Thorndike
Dave Camp's tax reform plan is dead. We know that because everyone says so. And for once, everyone is right.
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April 9, 2014 - 12:51 PM EDT
Guidance Today, Gone Tomorrow
by Cara Griffith
A recent Arkansas court opinion points out what might be a troubling trend in state taxation: the inability of taxpayers to rely on administrative guidance because the state can retract or supersede it on a moment’s notice.
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April 9, 2014 - 9:53 AM EDT
I'll Raise a Glass to Lower Booze Taxes
by David Brunori
The Kentucky governor just signed a bill (HB 445) giving a big tax break to bourbon producers. The measure will allow distilleries to take a nonrefundable corporate or individual income tax credit against the amount of barrel taxes paid.
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March 11, 2014 - 1:37 PM EDT
10 Reasons Voters Should Think Before Deciding About Camp’s Tax Reforms
by Clint Stretch
Tax reform is a decidedly mixed bag of the good, the bad, and the inevitable. Of course, what is good or bad is a matter of opinion, not fact. Here’s my list of things I think voters should reflect on before they make up their minds on the tax reform proposals from House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp, R-Mich.
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March 10, 2014 - 1:30 PM EDT
If the Camp Tax Reform Bill Won’t Pass, Why Is It So Important?
by Martin A. Sullivan
Gridlock in Congress and lack of leadership from the White House means major tax reform like that proposed by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp has little chance of passing before 2017. Nevertheless, Camp's tax reform draft is the most important document on U.S. tax policy in three decades.
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