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ICYMI: A Brief Summary of Our June Blogs and Reports

ICYMI: A Brief Summary of Our June Blogs and Reports

June 27, 2019

ITEP
ITEP Staff

WEALTH TAX IS SUPPORTED BY BASICALLY EVERYONE WHO IS NOT A POLITICIAN

Lawmakers are reluctant to embrace tax increases despite majority support, including a recent finding that 60 percent of millionaires back the idea. Even 51 percent of Republicans polled supported a wealth tax, according to a February poll by Politico.
– STEVE WAMHOFF

USING TAX CREDITS TO FIGHT POVERTY

New ITEP analyses examine two proposals released this month, including state-by-state data and national impacts. The Economic Mobility Act of 2019 introduced by Rep. Richard Neal aims to expand key tax credits for low- and moderate-income people, while the BOOST Act released by Rep. Rashida Tlaib would extend help to millions who would receive no benefit from other major tax credit proposals.
– STEVE WAMHOFF

RELATED: ITEP’s Meg Wiehe and Jessica Schieder joined Vox’s The Weeds podcast and Jonathan Tasini’s Working Life Podcast, respectively, earlier this month to unpack how tax credit proposals could reverse some of the damage from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR ON TAX POLICY IN UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES

The Democratic presidential primary debates this week present an opportunity for candidates to make clear how they will help build an economy that works for everyone.

VIDEO: ITEP tax wonks weighed in on what they want to hear this week.

Watch live with us tonight on Twitter: @iteptweets

GAS TAXES RISE IN A DOZEN STATES BEGINNING JULY 1

Travelers in 12 states will pay more in gas taxes beginning Monday. The reasons for these increases vary, but they’re generally intended to fund maintenance and improvement of our nation’s transportation infrastructure.

– CARL DAVIS

CALLING PROGRESSIVE TAX PROPOSALS “EXTREME” IS A DISTRACTION

Calling progressive tax proposals “radical,” “extreme” or “socialism” are taunts meant to distract from growing economic inequality and decades-long public support for more progressive tax policy.

– STEVE WAMHOFF

TAXING THE RICH WORKS

There is growing sentiment that tax reform must require more from corporations and the wealthy, who benefit most from our economy. This blog describes state-level efforts to improve tax codes, raise adequate revenue and corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share.
– DYLAN GRUNDMAN

IRS RELEASES SALT WORKAROUND REGULATIONS

Treasury and the IRS released long-awaited SALT (state and local tax) regulations this month, addressing recent state laws intended to allow residents to circumvent the $10,000 federal cap on SALT deductions and long-standing state policies that provide overly generous tax credits for donating to private schools. The new regulations limit these tax shelters, although not entirely.

Also this month, a House Ways and Means subcommittee held a hearing on concerns that the SALT cap is harming the ability to collect state and local revenue. Though overstated, these claims may eventually become a self-fulfilling prophecy if lawmakers tie their own hands by failing to pursue tax policies that ensure programs and services are adequately funded.

– CARL DAVIS

THE RICH MAY BE RICHER THAN WE THINK

A new report further shedding light on the wealthy people’s ability to hide their assets and avoid taxes has us asking whether nation’s economic inequality problem may be more pronounced than current data show.

– MATTHEW GARDNER

WE’RE HIRING: LEAD TAX MODEL PLATFORM DEVELOPER

ITEP has an opening for a Senior Software Engineer (Full Stack) to join our creative, passionate and productive staff as Lead Tax Model Platform Developer. For details and to apply, view the full job description.