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The Challenge of Individual Income Tax Reform: An Economic Analysis of Tax Base Broadening

The Challenge of Individual Income Tax Reform: An Economic Analysis of Tax Base Broadening

Date: March 22, 2012
Creator: Gravelle, Jane G. & Hungerford, Thomas L.
Description: Congressional interest in a major reform of the individual income tax that would broaden the base and use the additional tax revenues to lower rates and/or reduce the deficit has increased. This report discusses ways in which the tax base can be broadened, tax expenditures, and impediments to broadening the base/eliminating or reducing expenditures.
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The Federal Excise Tax on Gasoline and the Highway Trust Fund: A Short History

The Federal Excise Tax on Gasoline and the Highway Trust Fund: A Short History

Date: March 9, 2012
Creator: Bickley, James M.
Description: A history and overview of current issues relating to the gasoline excise tax.
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An Analysis of the “Buffett Rule”

An Analysis of the “Buffett Rule”

Date: October 7, 2011
Creator: Hungerford, Thomas L.
Description: This report examines the Buffett rule, but uses a measure of income that captures the ability to pay taxes and incorporates the effect of the corporate income tax in addition to the individual income tax and the payroll tax. The Buffet rule states that "no household making over $1 million annually should pay a smaller share of its income in taxes than middle-class families pay" and is named after Warren Buffett, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. The report includes figures, tables, and appendices to illustrate calculations and issues involved with the topic.
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Tax Gap: Should the 3% Withholding Requirement on Payments to Contractors by Government Be Repealed?

Tax Gap: Should the 3% Withholding Requirement on Payments to Contractors by Government Be Repealed?

Date: September 12, 2011
Creator: Bickley, James M.
Description: This reports discusses tax gaps and withholding, and concerns and legislation regarding these issues in the 112th Congress.
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Tax Gap: Should the 3% Withholding Requirement on Payments to Contractors by Government Be Repealed?

Tax Gap: Should the 3% Withholding Requirement on Payments to Contractors by Government Be Repealed?

Date: July 18, 2011
Creator: Bickley, James M.
Description: This report covers the background and current status of three bills introduced to the 112th Congress to repeal Section 511 withholding provisions. The bills are S. 89, S. 164, and H.R. 674, as well as S.Amdt. 405 to S.782, the Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011.
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Reducing the Budget Deficit: Tax Policy Options

Reducing the Budget Deficit: Tax Policy Options

Date: July 13, 2011
Creator: Sherlock, Molly F.
Description: This report analyzes various revenue options for deficit reduction, highlighting proposals made by the President's Fiscal Commission and the Debt Reduction Task Force. Others, such as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and the Obama Administration, have noted the importance of tax reform as part of a deficit reduction plans. These plans, however, do not provide the same level of detail as the Fiscal Commission and Debt Reduction Task Force, and are therefore not reviewed in detail as part of this report.
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State Taxation of Internet Transactions

State Taxation of Internet Transactions

Date: June 7, 2011
Creator: Maguire, Steven
Description: This report intends to clarify significant issues in the remote sales tax collection debate, beginning with a description of state and local sales and use taxes. Congress has a role in this issue because interstate commerce, in most cases, falls under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. Congress will likely be asked to choose between taking either an active or passive role in the debate. In the 111th Congress, H.R. 5660 (former Representative Delahunt) would have granted SSUTA member states the authority to compel out-of- state vendors to collect sales and use taxes.
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Tax Cuts on Repatriation Earnings as Economic Stimulus: An Economic Analysis

Tax Cuts on Repatriation Earnings as Economic Stimulus: An Economic Analysis

Date: May 27, 2011
Creator: Marples, Donald J. & Gravelle, Jane G.
Description: From the start of the 112th Congress, reform of the current U.S. corporate tax system has been widely debated as an option to stimulate the economy. Most of the debate has focused on lowering the corporate tax rate and moving towards a territorial system. An exception to this is a plan to reduce the tax rate on repatriated dividends that has received some consideration. Under such a plan, the U.S. tax that U.S. firms pay when their overseas operations remit ("repatriate") their foreign earnings as dividends to their U.S. parent corporations would be reduced. Variations of this type of proposal have been introduced in several bills, including H.R. 1036, H.R. 1834, and S. 727, in the 112th Congress.
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Reducing the Budget Deficit: Tax Policy Options

Reducing the Budget Deficit: Tax Policy Options

Date: May 17, 2011
Creator: Sherlock, Molly F.
Description: This report analyzes various revenue options for deficit reduction, highlighting proposals made by the President's Fiscal Commission and the Debt Reduction Task Force. Others, such as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and the Obama Administration, have noted the importance of tax reform as part of a deficit reduction plans. These plans, however, do not provide the same level of detail as the Fiscal Commission and Debt Reduction Task Force, and are therefore not reviewed in detail as part of this report.
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Energy Tax Policy: Issues in the 112th Congress

Energy Tax Policy: Issues in the 112th Congress

Date: April 14, 2011
Creator: Sherlock, Molly F. & Crandall-Hollick, Margot L.
Description: The economic rationale for interventions in energy markets helps inform the debate surrounding energy tax policy. This report begins by providing background on the economic rationale for energy market interventions, highlighting various market failures. After identifying possible market failures in the production and consumption of energy, possible interventions are discussed. The report concludes with an analysis of energy tax policy as it stands at the start of the 112th Congress.
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