Focus on Tax Policy

Focus on Tax Policy

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On September 7, Americans for Tax Reform announced that it was in favor of allowing the ethanol tax credit to expire at the end of the year.

Also on September 7, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities published a study urging extension of the temporary payroll tax cut.

A September 6 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that people are willing to accept higher taxes on the wealthy to reduce the deficit by a 60 percent to 37 percent margin.

On September 6, the Joint Committee on Taxation issued a report on the taxation of multinational businesses.

A September 6 Battleground Poll found that raising taxes is the preferred deficit reduction option for 53 percent of people, with 39 percent favoring spending cuts.

In a September 1 commentary, George Washington University law professor Neil Buchanan was critical of those who think rich people should voluntarily pay more taxes.

On August 31, the Institute for Policy Studies published a report revealing that many large corporations paid their CEOs more than they paid in federal taxes.

On August 30, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development issued a new report examining the way multinational corporations shift profits and losses from one country to another to minimize their total tax payment.

An August 26 Associated Press poll found that 69 percent of people believe that taxes will have to be increased to balance the budget; only 29 percent think it can be done by spending cuts alone.

On August 25, economists Robert Shapiro and Aparna Mathur published a study in favor of a temporary tax cut on repatriated corporate earnings.

I last posted items on this topic on August 25.

Bruce Bartlett is an American historian and columnist who focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. He blogs daily and writes a weekly column for The Fiscal Times. Bartlett has written for Forbes Magazine and Creators Syndicate, and his work is informed by many years in government, including as a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House. He is the author of seven books including the New York Times best-seller, Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy (Doubleday, 2006).

Bruce Bartlett’s columns focus on the intersection of politics and economics. The author of seven books, he worked in government for many years and was senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House.