Focus on Tax Policy

Focus on Tax Policy

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In an October 3 commentary, Harvard economist Ken Rogoff argued against a tax on financial transactions.

A September 30 YouGov poll found that more than two-thirds of people favor raising taxes on millionaires, including half of Republicans.

On September 29, KPMG released the latest edition of its report on income and Social Security tax rates around the world.

In a September 27 commentary, Congressional Budget Office director Doug Elmendorf discussed the composition of federal revenues.

Also on September 27, Citizens for Tax Justice published a study explaining how easy it is for millionaires to pay a lower federal tax rate than many of those in the middle class.

In a September 27 commentary, Concord Coalition economist Diane Rogers warned against the use of “dynamic scoring” in the deficit reduction process.

A September 26 Pew poll found that people support raising taxes on those making more than $250,00 to reduce the debt by a 2 to 1 margin.

A September 26 Winthrop University poll of South Carolina Republicans found them evenly split on whether the budget can or cannot be balanced without tax increases.

On September 22, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on the impact of tax reform on energy policy.

On September 21, the Tax Policy Center published estimates of the distributional effect of President Obama’s Sept. 19 tax plan.

I last posted items on this topic on September 23.

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 American 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.