Taxes
  • The U.S. Capitol Building is shown at sunset in Washington

    Is a Wealth Tax a ‘Very American Idea’?

    By Michael Rainey

    The wealth tax proposed by Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders has broad support among the American public. A Hill-HarrisX survey last year found that 74% of...

  • A security camera hangs near a corner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington

    Why the IRS Is Struggling to Do Its Job

    By Michael Rainey

    The IRS doesn’t have enough funding or personnel to do its job properly, according to the 2019 annual report from the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the Internal...

  • IRS, activist lawyers to clash in court over tax preparer rules

    Good News for Tax Cheats: IRS Audit Rate Drops to Lowest in More Than 40 Years

    By Michael Rainey

    The annual IRS report we told you about yesterday revealed that the agency audited just 0.45% of individual tax returns in 2019. That marks the eighth year in a row the audit rate has dropped, says...

  • FILE PHOTO:  U.S. President Trump displays signature after signing tax bill into law at the White House in Washington

    Another Look at Trump’s Tax Cuts

    By Michael Rainey

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been on the books for two years now, prompting The Wall Street Journal’s Richard Rubin and Theo Francis over the weekend to review how the law has fared so far. A few...

  • IRS Looks Back at 2019, Gets Set for 2020

    By Michael Rainey

    “The IRS touches more Americans than any other entity, public or private,” Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in the agency’s annual report released Monday. The document provides...

  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Clinton appears on stage at the Women in the World Summit

    Hillary Clinton: Warren’s Medicare for All Plan Won’t Ever Get Enacted

    Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that she doesn’t believe Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare-for-All plan would ever become law and that there are better ways to raise revenues than Warren’s proposed wealth...

  • Number of the Day: $13 Billion

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    That’s how much Microsoft founder Bill Gates would pay in federal taxes this year under Elizabeth Warren’s proposed wealth taxes, according to back-of-envelope calculations by CNBC’s Robert Frank (...

  • Sen. Van Hollen announces a bipartisan agreement on Turkey sanctions during a news conference in Washington

    Democrats Propose New Tax on Millionaires

    By Michael Rainey

    Two Democratic lawmakers unveiled a plan Thursday that would raise taxes on high-income households. Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland and Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia are proposing a 10-percentage...

  • FILE PHOTO - Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin introduces US Vice President Mike Pence to speak about the American Health Care Act during a visit to the Harshaw-Trane Parts and Distribution Center in Louisville

    Medicaid Work Requirements Dealt a Loss in Elections

    By Michael Rainey

    The effort to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries experienced a setback Tuesday with the apparent defeat of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. Bevin, a Republican, hasn’t conceded defeat in his...

  • Wealthy Could See a Huge Tax Windfall if Obamacare Is Overturned

    By Michael Rainey

    The lawsuit by 18 state attorneys general seeking to invalidate the Affordable Care Act would provide an enormous tax cut for wealthy households if it succeeds, according to an analysis by the Center...