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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Dubay's New Tax Papers

HeritageCurtis S. Dubay (Heritage Foundation):

  • PEP and Pease Hurt Larger Families Most and Slow Growth:  "In the fiscal cliff deal, President Barack Obama and Congress surprisingly reinstated two long dormant tax policies: the personal exemption phaseout (PEP) and “Pease,” a cap on itemized deductions. The 2001 Bush tax cuts rightfully abolished them because they are bad policies. Now they are back, raising taxes on larger families and reducing the incentives to work and save. These reduced incentives will slow economic growth and, like the tax increase, hit larger families hardest. Pease is similar to the cap on deductions and exemptions that President Obama has proposed in his budgets. Fundamental tax reform is the best way for Congress to fix its mistake of reviving these policies."
  • CBO Report on “Tax Expenditures” Has It Wrong:  "The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on the distribution of tax expenditures” that some are wrongly using to push for additional tax increases. This was inevitable because the report takes the wrong approach to the issue."
  • E-sales Tax No Bargain:  "Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation plan includes a unique provision. If Congress passes the Marketplace Fairness Act, Virginia would use the new revenue from Internet sales taxes for transportation projects, sparing Virginians an increase of the gas tax. A respite from higher gas taxes sounds good. But Virginia’s businesses will pay a hefty compliance toll if the bill becomes law. And Virginians who shop online will pay the tab that drivers would’ve paid had the bill not become law."
  • Senate Immigration Bill Does Not Require Payment of All Back Taxes:  "There are many serious flaws in the controversial Senate immigration bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). One such flaw is that it fails a standard of basic fairness to which immigration has long been held: It does not meaningfully require illegal immigrants to pay back taxes, interest, and penalties on all the income they earned while here in the U.S. illegally before being granted legal status."

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