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September 04, 2014

The Empire Center, a nonpartisan think tank in New York, released a report today suggesting that New York has lagged behind the rest of the nation in making new millionaires. From 2011-2012, the United States on the whole saw a 29 percent increase in the number of...

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September 04, 2014

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the IRS is looking to tax the free food that many Silicon Valley companies offer their employees.

“The IRS and U.S. Treasury Department last week included taxation of "employer-provided meals" in their annual list of top tax priorities for the fiscal year ending next June. The agencies said they intend to issue new ‘guidance’...

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September 03, 2014

Governor Rick Scott (R) of Florida has launched a new bus tour as part of his re-election bid, advertising a plan to cut taxes in Florida by $1 billion. The key features of the plan are:

  1. A constitutional amendment restricting property tax increases...
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September 02, 2014

One of the loudest critics of the recent wave of corporate inversions is University of Southern California law professor Ed Kleinbard, who warns that these transactions will erode the U.S. corporate tax base because these newly relocated firms will use “intragroup interest payments” to “strip” income out of their U.S. subsidiary.

While this is thought to be a common practice with multinational corporations, IRS data actually shows that the U.S....

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August 29, 2014

Inversions have been in the news consistently this summer as multiple companies have looked for legal paths away from the U.S. corporate tax system. Burger King became the latest corporation to add to the list after they announced their planned moved to Canada. The reason: Our corporate tax system is out of date.

The average corporate tax rate across the 34 member Organization for...

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August 28, 2014

Matt Yglesias at Vox today argues that migration out of “blue states” is caused by high housing prices, not taxes, and high housing prices are essentially a function of bad zoning laws in “blue” cities....

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August 27, 2014

Canada is apparently becoming an attractive place to do business. This week Burger King announced plans to move its headquarters to Canada, via a merger with Tim Hortons. Other U.S. companies that have recently moved or announced plans to move to Canada include Bausch and Lomb,...

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August 26, 2014

Burger King’s announcement that it will move its headquarters to Canada has put the spotlight on Canada’s tax system. Just what are the tax benefits of doing business in Canada versus the U.S.?

First, Canada has a much lower corporate tax rate: 15 percent at the federal level plus another 11 percent on average from provincial corporate taxes. Compare that to the U.S....

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August 26, 2014

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Michael Mazerov has a blog post out today covering the same Upshot blog migration tool we covered recently. Mazerov points out that states with no income tax appear to have done a...

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August 26, 2014

In his recent newsletter, John Mauldin suggests that economic growth is the most important issue for economists. I quote him here at length (emphasis added):

"What to do about economic growth is perhaps the single most important question of our time, as the demographics of the developed world are shifting in such a way is that we will simply not have enough money for us all to be able to retire in the style to...

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August 25, 2014

In today’s New York Times, Paul Krugman has an op-ed on migration. This has been a popular topic for various New York Times writers recently, with the Upshot blog producing one of the...

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August 22, 2014

In a recent interview with Harvard Business Review, Harvard Business School’s Mihir Desai and Bill George gave some great insight on inversions, who really pays the corporate tax, profit shifting, and corporate tax reform.

Below are a few selections from the interview, but...

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August 21, 2014

Dan Mitchell’s article today in the Wall Street Journal about why we need marginal tax rate cuts rather than child tax credits has elicited a response from Jim Pethokoukis of AEI:

From 1987 through 1992 — after the much ballyhooed 1986 tax reform — the top...

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August 21, 2014

Dan Mitchell from the Cato Institute recently wrote about the debate over increasing the child tax credit or lowering marginal tax rates. He says lower marginal tax rates would have a bigger impact on the incentive to work and could lead to a better economy in the long run. From the Wall Street Journal:

"Now let's look...

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August 21, 2014

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a report this week on significant challenges with enforcing the Affordable Care Act’s Medical Device Tax.

The medical device tax is a 2.3 percent excise tax on the sale price of qualifying medical devices. Generally, taxable medical devices are things like pacemakers and defibrillators. The tax explicitly exempts things like eye glasses,...

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