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    Response to Matt Yglesias: Heritage Tax Chart Isn’t Misleading

    Matt Yglesias, now with Vox, finds this chart of ours misleading: He admits that the data is correct and that what it shows—that the federal income tax is highly progressive—is also correct. So what’s the problem? Our chart looks exclusively at federal income taxes in the context of the current … More

    Response to Club for Growth’s Chocola: Let’s Not Raise Taxes with the Extenders

    In today’s Wall Street Journal, the estimable Chris Chocola, former congressman from Indiana and current president of the Club for Growth, writes that Congress should allow all of the so-called tax extenders to expire. The tax extenders are a collection of roughly 50 tax-reducing policies that regularly expire and, just … More

    2014 Tax Day Chart: Who Pays the Most?

    Which taxpayers experience the greatest tax burden—and who pays the most in taxes? As Americans navigated the labyrinthine tax code this Tax Day, many taxpayers were hit with the President’s myriad tax increases that have contributed to the country’s quickly recovering revenues. Despite calls for more taxes on the rich, … More

    Obamas, Bidens Pay About Same in 2013 Income Taxes, Returns Show

    Four days before the April 15 filing deadline, the White House today released 2013 income tax returns for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden showing each man and his wife paid just under $100,000 in tax. The White House blog noted that the president and first lady reported … More

    Tax Refunds Cause for Concern, Not Celebration

    Tax Day, April 15, is fast approaching. Americans’ general dislike or sometimes outright disgust toward paying taxes is typically cushioned by the widespread receipt of “tax refunds.” Receiving a refund, however, does not mean that individual or family pays no taxes. Rather, refunds are the result of federal withholding tables … More

    3 Ways to Make April 15 Less Painful

    Yesterday you told us what you think Washington should be doing—and more than a few of you said dealing with our horrendous taxes. Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) rolled out a plan for tax reform yesterday that we hope will shift the conversation to something that would benefit all Americans. As … More

    Heritage’s Macroeconomic Estimate of Camp’s Tax Reform Proposal

    The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis recently completed a preliminary macroeconomic analysis of House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp’s (R–MI) Tax Reform Act of 2014. This draft proposal includes comprehensive tax reform to federal treatment on individual income, business income, and corporate income and is motivated by … More

    Baucus Heads Wrong Way on Important Part of Tax Reform — Again

    Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Max Baucus (D–MT) continues to release draft proposals on important parts of tax reform. His latest draft proposal is a deeply troubling plan. Baucus proposes to change the way businesses deduct the cost of their capital expenses—things such as machinery, equipment, structures, property, and … More

    Deficient GAO Report Hurts Tax Reform Efforts

    There is broad consensus that corporate tax reform is necessary to unleash business investment that the currently uncompetitive system prevents. Regrettably, some will use a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the effective tax rates paid by U.S. businesses to slow the growing momentum for reform. The … More

    Baucus–Hatch “Blank Slate” Tax Reform a Positive Step but Too Narrowly Focused

    Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Max Baucus (D–MT) and Ranking Member Senator Orrin Hatch (R–UT) recently proposed a “blank-slate” approach to tax reform. This new effort helps strengthen the growing momentum for tax reform, but it is too narrow to result in the fundamental reform to the tax code … More