Focus on Tax Policy

Focus on Tax Policy

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In an April 7 report, journalist Lindsey McCormack examined economic research on the geographical mobility of wealthy individuals in reaction to tax changes based on the experience of European soccer stars.

On April 6, the Tax Policy Center published a study of the effects of imposing a value-added tax to replace payroll taxes or the corporate tax. That same day, it also published a study suggesting an improved method of calculating the distributional effects of a VAT.

Also on April 6, the Tax Policy Center published distributional tables on the impact of repealing all so-called tax expenditures.

An April 6 commentary by University of Chicago economist Carey Mulligan examined the problem of tax cheating.

An April 6 Rasmussen poll found that 64 percent of people believe they are overtaxed, the same result as last year.

On April 4, ProPublica published a report on some of the ways General Electric Corp. keeps its effective federal tax rate exceptionally low.

On April 1, AARP published a new survey on income taxes. It found that 10 percent of people know someone who has cheated on their taxes; and only 40 percent believe that higher taxes will be necessary to fix the budget.

And on April 1, Tulchin Research released a poll showing that voters in California overwhelmingly support higher taxes on the rich to deal with the state’s budgetary problems.

In a March 31 commentary, former Joint Committee on Taxation staff director Edward Kleinbard discussed the problem of taxing multinational corporations that can easily hide profits in whatever country has the lowest taxes.

I last posted items on this topic on April 1.

Bruce Bartlett is an American historian and columnist who focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. He blogs daily and writes a weekly column at The Fiscal Times. Bartlett has written for Forbes Magazine and Creators Syndicate, and his work is informed by many years in government, including as a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House. He is the author of seven books including the New York Times best-seller, Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy (Doubleday, 2006).

Bruce Bartlett’s columns focus on the intersection of politics and economics. The author of seven books, he worked in government for many years and was senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House.