Taxes
  • 4 Potential Reforms for the Capital Gains Tax

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    Reforming the capital gains tax is one way to simultaneously address both rising inequality and growing federal deficits, say William G. Gale and Grace Enda of the Brookings Institution. The current...

  • U.S. President Trump departs for travel to Louisiana from the White House in Washington

    Trump’s ‘Four Pinocchio’ Tax Claim

    President Trump routinely lies or makes exaggerated, unsupported and misleading claims. The Washington Post’s most recent tally of such statements topped more than 15,400 over Trump’s first 1,055...

  • 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign event in West Branch, Iowa

    How the GOP Will Attack Bernie Sanders' Wealth Tax

    By Michael Rainey

    We highlighted yesterday a defense of wealth taxes from Gabriel Zucman, a liberal economist who has advised both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on their tax proposals. On Friday, a pair of...

  • 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...

  • Washington, DC

    What’s in the New House Rules Package

    By Michael Rainey

    The new Democratic-controlled House is expected to adopt a rules package Thursday, with provisions covering a variety of issues ranging from wearing religious headgear on the House floor (to be...

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

    Did Trump’s Tax Cuts Make America Poorer?

    By Michael Rainey

    Economist Paul Krugman took another look at the 2017 tax cuts in The New York Times Tuesday, arguing that they are “even worse than you’ve heard.” Many critics of the tax bill have complained that...

  • The Worst Tax Idea of 2018

    By Michael Rainey

    The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center on Thursday handed out its annual Lump of Coal award for the worst tax idea of the year. The impressive list of nominees from TPC’s Howard Gleckman include: *...

  • States See Record Tax Revenues

    By Michael Rainey

    State tax revenues topped $1 trillion for the first time in the 2018 fiscal year, according to a preliminary analysis by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. Much of the growth in revenues during...

  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

    Whatever Happened to That 10% Middle-Class Tax Cut?

    By Michael Rainey

    Shortly before the midterm elections, President Trump said his administration was working on a tax cut for middle class. “We are going to be putting in and are studying very deeply right now, around...