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The Inflation Reduction Act One Year Later

By: William McBride, Kyle Hulehan, Dan Carvajal

The InflationInflation is when the general price of goods and services increases across the economy, reducing the purchasing power of a currency and the value of certain assets. The same paycheck covers less goods, services, and bills. It is sometimes referred to as a “hidden tax,” as it leaves taxpayers less well-off due to higher costs and “bracket creep,” while increasing the government’s spending power. Reduction Act (IRA) is an ambitious law with worthy goals to reduce deficits, fight inflation, help the IRS, and combat climate change. However, one year after its enactment, there are concerns about its overall fiscal impact, the additional complexity it introduces to the taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. system, and the sustainability of its initiatives.

Will McBride, Vice President of Federal Tax Policy at the Tax Foundation, joins Kyle Hulehan to examine the Inflation Reduction Act one year later. They dive into the disconnect between political aspirations and the real-world consequences of executing intricate policies, the skyrocketing costs of green energy tax credits, and why, despite increased funding, the IRS is struggling to keep up.



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