Tax Analysts Blog

Mar 18, 2016

Every so often these days, it looks like the member states of the European Union might unite on tax administration and policy issues. Building upon a fairly successful coordinated VAT regime, the EU is considering coordinating other tax policies. These include a financial transactions tax and the European fiscal Holy Grail, the common consolidated corporate tax base.

Mar 17, 2016

Bodacious fantasy was in ample supply on Capitol Hill earlier this month, at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on corporate tax reform. As important as tax reform is, we really don’t need further congressional hearings on it. Talk therapy won’t help. Everyone in Washington already knows what grown-up tax reform will look like. It looks like the Dave Camp bill.

Mar 16, 2016
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If you're following the presidential campaigns, you know that immigration is the great polarizing issue in American politics. It has dominated public discussion more than any other controversial topic, including abortion, guns, and gay marriage. Conservatives are particularly vexed over the issue....
Mar 10, 2016

Mitt Romney is in the news a lot for a man not running for president. The 2012 GOP nominee and former Massachusetts governor has attempted to make himself the face of the #NeverTrump movement.

Mar 9, 2016

If it is conventional wisdom that good cases settle while bad cases go to trial, isn’t there a lot that could be learned if lawsuit settlements were made available for public scrutiny?

Mar 9, 2016

Have some pride, business people. Let's fight for a tax system with a broad base, low rates, and no special deals. We will all be better off.

Mar 8, 2016

Can Donald Trump use his “very powerful hands” to force Mexico to pay for his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border? In an expletive-laced rant on February 25, former Mexican President Vincente Fox dismissed Trump’s “effing wall.” Trump retorted that “the wall just got 10 feet higher.” Challenged on details of his plans for making Mexico pay, Trump points to its $58 billion annual trade surplus with the United States. But does that imbalance in trade offer a viable source of financing for a wall between the two nations?

Mar 7, 2016

The European Commission is investigating whether the sweetheart tax deal that Apple negotiated with Ireland 25 years ago distorts competition within the common market, under article 107 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Feb 26, 2016
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Donald Trump has finally explained – sort of – why he’s been so evasive about releasing his tax returns. Apparently, he’s being audited. But in fact, that’s no explanation at all: Trump is still free to release his returns, and he should do it today.

Feb 24, 2016
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What if someone waved a magic wand and suddenly increased your take-home pay? No, you wouldn’t need to put in longer hours. You’d simply be allowed to retain a larger slice of the paycheck you already earn. Who wouldn’t enjoy that?