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Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation Expensing Allowances: Current Law, Legislative Proposals in the 112th Congress, and Economic Effects

Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation Expensing Allowances: Current Law, Legislative Proposals in the 112th Congress, and Economic Effects

Date: August 14, 2012
Creator: Guenther, Gary
Description: This report examines the current status, legislative history, and economic effects of the two expensing allowances (Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation Allowance) and also discusses initiatives in the 112th Congress to modify them. Expensing is the most accelerated form of depreciation for tax purposes. Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) allows a taxpayer to expense up to $125,000 of the total cost of new and used qualified depreciable assets it buys and places in service in 2012, within certain limits. In addition, Section 168(k) generally allows taxpayers to expense half the cost of qualified assets bought and placed in service in 2012.
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Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation Expensing Allowances: Current Law, Legislative Proposals in the 112th Congress, and Economic Effects

Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation Expensing Allowances: Current Law, Legislative Proposals in the 112th Congress, and Economic Effects

Date: September 10, 2012
Creator: Guenther, Gary
Description: This report examines the current status, legislative history, and economic effects of the two expensing allowances (Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation Allowance) and also discusses initiatives in the 112th Congress to modify them. Expensing is the most accelerated form of depreciation for tax purposes. Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) allows a taxpayer to expense up to $125,000 of the total cost of new and used qualified depreciable assets it buys and places in service in 2012, within certain limits. In addition, Section 168(k) generally allows taxpayers to expense half the cost of qualified assets bought and placed in service in 2012.
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Selected Recently Expired Business Tax Provisions ("Tax Extenders")

Selected Recently Expired Business Tax Provisions ("Tax Extenders")

Date: April 30, 2014
Creator: Gravelle, Jane G.; Marples, Donald J. & Sherlock, Molly F.
Description: This report briefly summarizes and discusses the economic impact of selected business-related tax provisions that expired at the end of 2013 and that are being considered for extension.
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Selected Recently Expired Individual Tax Provisions ("Extenders"): In Brief

Selected Recently Expired Individual Tax Provisions ("Extenders"): In Brief

Date: October 17, 2014
Creator: Gravelle, Jane G.
Description: This report briefly summarizes and discusses items categorized as individual tax provisions. These and other temporary tax provisions that are regularly extended for one or two years are often referred to as "tax extenders."
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Selected Recently Expired Individual Tax Provisions ("Tax Extenders"): In Brief

Selected Recently Expired Individual Tax Provisions ("Tax Extenders"): In Brief

Date: August 20, 2015
Creator: Gravelle, Jane G.
Description: This report briefly summarizes and discusses four items categorized as individual tax provisions that are regularly extended for one or two years (tax extenders). These items include deductions for elementary and secondary school teachers, deductions for state and local taxes, deductions for tuition and related expenses, and exclusions for employer-provided transit and parking benefits.
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Selected Tax Law Changes Effective January 1, 2002

Selected Tax Law Changes Effective January 1, 2002

Date: January 4, 2002
Creator: Morris, Marie B
Description: This report is a listing of the tax changes which were enacted during 2001 and effective at the beginning of 2002
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Short-Run Macroeconomic Effects of Fundamental Tax Reform

Short-Run Macroeconomic Effects of Fundamental Tax Reform

Date: October 30, 1998
Creator: Gravelle, Jane G & Woodward, G. Thomas
Description: None
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Should Credit Unions Be Taxed?

Should Credit Unions Be Taxed?

Date: May 23, 2005
Creator: Bickley, James M
Description: None
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Should the United States Levy a Value-Added Tax for Deficit Reduction?

Should the United States Levy a Value-Added Tax for Deficit Reduction?

Date: January 21, 2011
Creator: Bickley, James M.
Description: Report that discusses the levying of a value-added tax (VAT), a broad-based consumption tax, to potentially assist in resolving United States fiscal problems. It considers the experiences of the 29 nations with value-added taxes (VATs) in the 30-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which are relevant to the feasibility and operation of a possible U. S. VAT.
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Should the United States Levy a Value-Added Tax for Deficit Reduction?

Should the United States Levy a Value-Added Tax for Deficit Reduction?

Date: March 22, 2011
Creator: Bickley, James M.
Description: This report discusses the levying of a value-added tax (VAT), a broad-based consumption tax, to potentially assist in resolving United States fiscal problems. It considers the experiences of the 29 nations with value-added taxes (VATs) in the 30-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which are relevant to the feasibility and operation of a possible U.S. VAT.
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Small Business Tax Benefits: Overview and Economic Analysis

Small Business Tax Benefits: Overview and Economic Analysis

Date: March 3, 2004
Creator: Guenther, Gary
Description: None
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Small Business Tax Preferences: Legislative Proposals in the 108th Congress

Small Business Tax Preferences: Legislative Proposals in the 108th Congress

Date: March 12, 2004
Creator: Guenther, Gary
Description: None
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Small Business Tax Relief: Proposals in the 108th Congress and Their Economic Justification

Small Business Tax Relief: Proposals in the 108th Congress and Their Economic Justification

Date: May 9, 2003
Creator: Guenther, Gary
Description: This report examines the economic arguments for and against small business tax subsidies in the context of current congressional proposals to expand them. It begins with a brief description of current federal tax subsidies for small firms, moves on to consider the principal economic arguments for and against these subsidies, and concludes with a discussion of proposals in the 108th Congress to expand small business tax subsidies and their likely economic effects.
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Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Premiums: Fact Sheet

Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Premiums: Fact Sheet

Date: February 6, 2002
Creator: Kollmann, Geoffrey
Description: None
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Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Premiums: Fact Sheet

Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Premiums: Fact Sheet

Date: January 2, 2003
Creator: Kollmann, Geoffrey
Description: None
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Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Premiums: Fact Sheet

Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Premiums: Fact Sheet

Date: January 13, 2004
Creator: Nuschler, Dawn
Description: Financing for social security -- Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance -- and the Hospital Insurance part of Medicare is provided primarily by taxes levied on wages and net self-employment income. Financing for the Supplementary Medical Insurance portion of Medicare is provided by premiums from enrollees and payments from the government. This report describes these taxes and premiums.
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Social Security: Coverage of Household Workers - A Fact Sheet

Social Security: Coverage of Household Workers - A Fact Sheet

Date: January 3, 2002
Creator: Kollmann, Geoffrey
Description: On October 22, 1994, President Clinton signed legislation (P.L. 103-387) that changes social security coverage of household workers. The new law changed the threshold to a yearly amount and raised it (to $1,000 in 1994, indexed thereafter to average wage growth-it became $1,100 in 1998, 1,200 in 2000, and 1,300 in 2001). It remains at $1,300 in 2002. In addition, the new law exempted most domestic workers under age 18, and provided that Social Security and unemployment taxes will be reported on the employer's annual federal tax return.
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Social Security: Raising or Eliminating the Taxable Earnings Base

Social Security: Raising or Eliminating the Taxable Earnings Base

Date: January 20, 2004
Creator: Haltzel, Laura
Description: None
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Social Security: Raising or Eliminating the Taxable Earnings Base

Social Security: Raising or Eliminating the Taxable Earnings Base

Date: January 30, 2003
Creator: Kollmann, Geoffrey
Description: None
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Social Security: Raising or Eliminating the Taxable Earnings Base

Social Security: Raising or Eliminating the Taxable Earnings Base

Date: January 17, 2002
Creator: Koitz, David Stuart & Kollmann, Geoffrey
Description: None
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Social Security Reform: How Much of a Role Could Personal Retirement Accounts Play?

Social Security Reform: How Much of a Role Could Personal Retirement Accounts Play?

Date: May 15, 2002
Creator: Kollmann, Geoffrey
Description: None
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Social Security Reform: How Much of a Role Could Private Retirement Accounts Play?

Social Security Reform: How Much of a Role Could Private Retirement Accounts Play?

Date: March 4, 1998
Creator: Koitz, David Stuart
Description: None
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Social Security Taxes: Where Do Surplus Taxes Go and How Are They Used?

Social Security Taxes: Where Do Surplus Taxes Go and How Are They Used?

Date: April 29, 1998
Creator: Koitz, David Stuart
Description: None
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Social Security Taxes: Where Do Surplus Taxes Go and How Are They Used?

Social Security Taxes: Where Do Surplus Taxes Go and How Are They Used?

Date: April 3, 2000
Creator: Koitz, David Stuart
Description: None
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