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    Most Small Businesses Burdened by Costly Tax Preparation Process Support Tax Reform

    Small businesses are increasingly burdened with tax preparation costs, with a majority spending over a week per year on federal tax preparation and thousands of dollars on external accounting firms, according to the National Small Business Association’s (NSBA) 2014 Taxation Survey released last week. According to the report, “the current … 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

    Baucus Joins International Tax Reform Debate, but His Plan Falls Short

    Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Max Baucus (D–MT) released his draft proposal for reforming the tax treatment of multinational businesses. It is a positive step, if overdue, for tax reform. Increasing discussion about tax reform is a welcome step, because the U.S. badly needs to fix the system it … More

    Updated JCT Methodology Will Improve Scoring of Tax Bills

    The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) finally updated the antiquated way it analyzes business taxes. The update is an important and long-overdue step that will modernize and vastly improve the way JCT scores bills and aid in the drive for tax reform. JCT plays an integral part in improving policy … More

    Goodlatte: 7 Things to Consider Before Taxing Internet Shopping

    Efforts in Congress to give state tax collectors power to tax out-of-state (mostly Internet) sales hit a roadblock Wednesday, as House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R–VA) released seven principles to guide the debate. These principles reflect the major concerns with such an expansion of taxing power, rightfully setting a … More

    Most Americans Oppose an Internet Sales Tax

    Imagine being forced to collect sales tax for a state government where your business has no presence or facing audits from a state that is thousands of miles from your home base. The Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) poses these potential threats to online businesses and other remote sellers. The act … More

    Congressional Budget Office Looks at a Carbon Tax

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released its report on the impact of a carbon tax. (Disclaimer: I provided comments to the CBO on a draft of the report, earlier this year.) The economic parts were pretty sensible and conclude that (be sure you are sitting down)—there are no free … More

    Fiscal Cliff: Is Heritage Inconsistent?

    Menzie Chinn took to the blog Econbrowser last Thursday to accuse conservative economists in general – and The Heritage Foundation in particular – of being inconsistent, since we did not share his optimism about the benefits of the 2009 stimulus, but we’ve warned of the danger of the fiscal cliff. … More

    Abound Solar Collapse Could Leave Taxpayers on the Hook for Shortfall

    Abound Solar’s June bankruptcy could leave the residents of Weld County, CO, on the hook if court proceedings do not deliver the projected business personal property tax receipts anticipated before the company’s demise. The Greeley Tribune reports: Abound owes more than $950,000 in property taxes this year and will owe … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 11, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Straight Talk on Twisty Subjects with Matt Lewis – Lisa De Pasquale Google’s ‘Monopoly’ Hex – L. Gordon Crovitz Nuclear Disaster Like Fukushima Unlikely in U.S. – Jack Spencer Understanding freedom … More