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Taxes on the Rich Were Not That Much Higher in the 1950s

The top 1 percent of Americans today do not face an unusually low tax burden, by historical standards. In the 1950s, when the top marginal income tax rate reached 92 percent, the top 1 percent of taxpayers paid an effective rate of only 16.9 percent.

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Designing a Territorial Tax System: A Review of OECD Systems

A well-designed territorial tax system would reduce the incentive for companies to invert, encourage businesses to invest in and expand operations throughout the world, and allow capital to flow more freely back to the U.S., but would also come with some new challenges.

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State Tax Changes Taking Effect July 1, 2017

While most states enact tax changes at the beginning of the calendar year, a number of them implement changes at the beginning of the fiscal year. Eight states have tax changes that will take effect on July 1, 2017, the beginning of the 2018 fiscal year.

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Full Expensing Costs Less Than You’d Think

Full expensing could grow the long-run size of the U.S. economy by 4.2 percent, which would lead to 3.6 percent higher wages and 808,000 full-time jobs. What’s more, it wouldn’t cost as much revenue as some think.

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Ohio Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Taxes & The Economy

This new chart book cuts through the complexity and gives you a broad perspective of Ohio’s overall economy and tax system. The result is a powerful diagnostic tool you can use to identify your state’s unique strengths and weaknesses.