Taxes

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    Budget before tax reform

    Mattie Dupler Springer of the National Taxpayers Union would like to see Congress pass a budget before tackling tax reform. She explains why in a Washington Examiner column. This week, all eyes in Washington are focused on the Big Six and the release of their tax reform framework.
    Mitch Kokai, September 26, 2017
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    Trump tax plan might make Dems mad

    Robert Donachie of the Daily Caller explains why President Trump’s tax proposal is likely to anger his new-found friends among the Democratic congressional leadership team. President Donald Trump’s long-promised reforms to the U.S. tax code will reportedly include tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, a feature that will…
    Mitch Kokai, September 26, 2017
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    More than a century of federal income tax

    Former Forbes editor William Baldwin uses the occasion of the magazine’s 100th anniversary to ponder another fixture of American life over the past century: the federal income tax. It was just a nibble when the federal income tax started in 1913. The first 1040 had seven brackets, ranging…
    Mitch Kokai, September 25, 2017
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    Barron’s ‘Economic Beat’ columnist decries tooth-fairy economics

    Gene Epstein of Barron’s explains why he’s no fan of Republicans’ latest tax-cut proposals. “The approval process for the biggest Tax Cut & Tax Reform package in the history of our country will soon begin,” President Donald Trump recently announced via Twitter. “Move fast Congress!” Accordingly, Senate Republicans…
    Mitch Kokai, September 25, 2017
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    National Review columnist questions latest GOP tax plan

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online is no fan of congressional Republicans’ latest tax proposal. Republicans want to cut taxes by $1.5 trillion — while the government already is running a deficit — and they propose to offset those cuts with wishful thinking. In control of both houses…
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2017
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    Tentative deal on federal tax cut

    Charles Fain Lehman reports for the Washington Free Beacon on a potential deal involving federal tax relief. Senate Republicans announced Tuesday that they have struck a tentative deal for sweeping tax reform, with tax cuts totaling $1.5 trillion over 10 years. Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) informed reporters…
    Mitch Kokai, September 21, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on concerns surrounding the merged operations of two N.C. health care giants. The Daily Journal questions progressives’ nostalgia for a progressive N.C. income tax.
    Mitch Kokai, September 19, 2017
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    Columnists: Federal Tax Cuts Would Spur More Women Entrepreneurs

    Interesting labor force data from Carrie Lukas  of the Independent Women’s Forum and Elaine Parker of the Job Creators Network Foundation. Writing at thehill.com, the two authors make the case for federal tax cuts/reform and its impact on women. Encouraging more women to join the workforce would have huge economic impacts.
    Donna Martinez, September 13, 2017