Is tax fairness a drag on economic growth?

Tax rates at different income levels - and on different types of income - vary greatly. We discuss what tax and deduction reform means for economic growth and fairness.

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30 Issues: Tax Cuts vs. Tax Reform

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: How individual and corporate taxes — and potential changes to their rates and distribution -- impact the economy. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.


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Offshore and Tax Haven Explainer

Friday, July 20, 2012

David Cay Johnston, tax columnist for Reuters, explains how offshore tax havens actually work, who has access to them, and the gray areas of the law.

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What We Learned from Obama's Tax Speech

Monday, July 09, 2012

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.

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Explainer: Corporate Tax Rates

Friday, February 24, 2012

President Obama has proposed overhauling the corporate tax structure, lowering the rate and eliminating loopholes. Peter Coy, economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, explains. 

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Tax Inequality

Friday, December 23, 2011

In a recent NYT Op-Ed, economists Aaron Edlin of UC Berkeley and Yale's Ian Ayres propose to combat inequality with a tax that would automatically kick in when gap between the median income and the top 1% widens.  Aaron Edlin is a co-editor of the new book, Economists' Voice: Top Economists Take On Today's Problems (Columbia University Press, 2011) and Ian Ayres blogs for Freakonomics.

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Extended Payroll Tax Cut

Friday, December 23, 2011

Washington correspondent for The Takeaway, Todd Zwillich, discusses the Republicans' agreement  to extend payroll tax cuts.

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Taxing the Rich

Friday, December 09, 2011

Robert Frank, wealth reporter for The Wall Street Journal and author of The High-Beta Rich: How the Manic Wealthy Will Take Us to the Next Boom, Bubble, and Bust, talks about the pros and cons of taxing the rich and says the risk is not from "rich flight."

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Super Committee Countdown: Corporate Tax Rates

Friday, November 11, 2011

Adam Davidson, co-host of Planet Money and new columnist for the New York Times Magazine, discusses the role that corporate taxes play in the deficit negotiations.

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What Deductions Would You Deduct?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tax revenue has become central to the deficit debate in Washington right now. Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston, Reuters columnist, and author of the forthcoming book The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" and Other Tricks to Rob You Blind, explains those tax deductions and so-called loopholes that are up for debate and takes your calls on which ones you think make sense and which ones don't.

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The Top Three Ways to Cut Taxes and Still Save Revenue

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In his 2012 budget proposal, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) lays out a plan to lower the top individual and corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 25 percent. This much cutting should mean big revenue losses for the federal government, which already gave up a chunk of its income when officials extended the Bush tax cuts for all income brackets last December. However, Ryan asserts that he can make his cuts revenue neutral by nixing tax expenditures—loopholes, breaks and preferences in the the tax code—simultaneously.

There's just one problem: Ryan has yet to say what those expenditures are.