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  • New York Times Gets it Wrong on Death Tax

    In a front page article today, the New York Times has a story on the federal death tax and the impact its 2010 expiration has on a recently deceased billionaire. The article is riddled with errors, but the title of the article encapsulates perfectly the story’s biggest flaw: “Legacy for … More

    Now is the Worst Possible Time for Tax Hikes

    Friday brought yet another grim jobs report. The economy created 431,000 jobs in May according to the report, but 411,000 of them were temporary government jobs working on the Census. All those jobs will disappear when the Census is complete. The jobs report is the latest signal that the stimulus … More

    Congress Purposely Dragging its Feet on Death Tax

    Recent developments in Congress now make clear that Congressional leadership is willing to go through all of 2010 without a death tax in order to get what they have wanted all along – a death tax with a rate and exemption amount at their levels prior to the 2001 and … More

    Tax Extenders Bill Still Contains Irresponsible Spending Increases and Dangerous Tax Hikes

    Congressional leaders have responded to the backlash against the original $174 billion cost of the “tax extenders” bill by reducing its cost by $47 billion. Even with the reduction, the bill will still add $84 billion to the deficit over the next decade. They have reduced the amount of spending … More

    The Spending Must Stop

    Congress is at it again, spending more taxpayer money and significantly adding to the deficit in the process. This latest bout of irresponsible spending is $174 billion tacked on to an otherwise necessary bill to extend long-established, mostly sensible tax-reducing provisions known as the “tax extenders.”  The legislation, dubbed Stimulus … More

    Only VAT Can Fund Leftist Welfare State

    Recently in the Wall Street Journal, David Ranson pointed out what tax economists have known for a long time: no matter what changes Congress makes to the existing tax code, it will continue to raise the same amount of revenue as a percentage of GDP year-after-year. Ranson writes: Despite big … More

    Opposition to VAT Mounting in House of Representatives

    The threat of a value added tax (VAT) in the United States is growing steadily. Despite protesting that it is not something he is considering, President Obama refused to rule out a VAT completely, much as David Cameron and Nick Klegg, the new leaders of the U.K. refused to rule … More

    High Corporate Income Tax Rate Driving Jobs Overseas

    The United States has the second highest corporate tax rate of any of the 30 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – a collection of the most economically developed countries in the world. The federal rate is 35 percent. Add on the average state corporate income … More

    New Bill Would Make Long-Overdue Changes to Tax Code

    With all the damaging bills coming out of Congress today, and promises of more to come, it is easy to lose sight of necessary positive policy changes that Congress should be making to improve the tax code and increase economic growth. Representatives Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) look … More

    Obama Calls for a VAT

    President Obama has consistently ducked the question on whether he is considering a massive tax hike in the form of a value added tax (VAT) – until now. Yesterday in an interview with CNBC, the president made clear that he is open to a VAT – once he has seen … More