New Podcast: Tax Analysts’ Christopher Bergin on 2009’s Top Tax Stories
December 30, 2009
For this week’s Tax Policy Podcast, I invited Tax Analysts President and Publisher Christopher Bergin to discuss the most important tax issues of 2009 and what to expect in 2010. The Senate’s inaction on the estate tax—which goes away completely in 2010 and is scheduled to come back at a rate of 55 percent in 2011—tops Bergin’s list.
“This is the most irresponsible act I think I’ve seen. To let this just sort of hang out there with nothing is a monumental failure of this Congress,” he says. “This is not a surprise – we’ve known for more than eight years that Congress was going to have to deal with this sort of anomaly in the estate tax law. And yet here we sit, with the clock ticking away.”
Bergin also discusses the IRS’s efforts to step up international tax enforcement, the possibility of a value added tax and the future of tax reform. Listen to the full podcast here, or check out all of the Tax Foundation’s Tax Policy Podcasts.