Andrew Wilford is a policy analyst with the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to tax policy research and education at all levels of government.
Oct 25, 2021
A $10K Bank-Snooping Threshold Would Intrude on Many Millions
Bowing to pressure from banks and taxpayers concerned about a proposal to require financial institutions to report to the IRS gross inflows and outflows for just about every account...
Oct 18, 2021
Broader Shift to Remote Work Makes Tax Clarity Even More Necessary
Last month, Rite Aid announced that it would be transitioning its corporate workforce to a “remote-first” model of work. The pharmacy giant is hardly the first...
Oct 11, 2021
Biden Takes Ownership of Trump Tariffs He Used to Criticise
President Biden and former President Trump did not agree on much during the campaign. Unfortunately, one of the few areas where Biden has chosen to continue Trump administration...
Oct 4, 2021
Even So-Called 'Paid For' Spending Has a Cost
As Democrats seek to downplay the impact of legislation that will likely end up adding as much as $5-6 trillion in new spending, they have resorted to a new rhetorical tactic:...
Sep 27, 2021
The Right Needs a Proactive Response to Endless Debt-Ceiling Increases
As Democrats push for a 79th increase in the debt ceiling, it’s tempting for Republicans to simply say that enough is enough. Particularly at a time when Democrats are pushing...
Sep 22, 2021
Stock Buybacks Aren't the Economy Killers Democrats Claim
Few corporate activities receive more ire from the left than share repurchase programs, commonly known as stock buybacks. Senators Ron Wyden and Sherrod Brown recently attempted to...
Sep 13, 2021
Democrats' Agenda Would Send Capital Gains Tax Rates to the Moon
At a time when the economy is still recovering from a COVID-induced recession, one would think that the last thing policymakers would want to do is discourage investment. Yet...
Sep 7, 2021
IRS Guidance Would Punish Small Business Owners with Families
Most IRS guidance documents make for poor pleasure reading. Then again, most IRS guidance doesn’t effectively impose a retroactive tax on small business owners merely...
Aug 30, 2021
Democrats Aim to Tax Corporations Out of the United States
When Congress reformed the tax code by passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) back in 2017, the motivation was to make American businesses more competitive across the world. This...
Aug 24, 2021
Keep Elizabeth Warren's Confusion Out of the Corporate Tax Discussion
As Democrats scramble to find ways to pay for a gargantuan $3.5 trillion budget, they have begun throwing outlandish proposals at the wall in the hope that something...
Aug 16, 2021
ProPublica Is Grasping at Straws In Pursuit of Relevance
Ever since ProPublica, a progressive news organization, somehow got access to a collection of confidential taxpayer information, it has blasted out...
Aug 9, 2021
Don't Be Fooled by the Bipartisan, 'Paid For' Infrastructure Bill
Over the course of the pandemic, federal overspending has exploded even by Congress’s lofty standards. While trillion-dollar deficits were a cause for concern before 2020,...
Aug 2, 2021
Senators Are Right to Cast Doubt on Stepped-Up Basis Repeal
One of President Biden’s most impactful, but least discussed, tax proposals is the repeal of the so-called “step-up in basis” upon inheritance of a decedent’s...
Jul 27, 2021
Sen. Ron Wyden Takes Aim at Pass-Through Businesses
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) recently rolled out a plan to overhaul the pass-through deduction instituted in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). While the deduction, known...
Jul 19, 2021
The Silver Digital Lining Within a Lousy Global Tax Deal
In the tax policy world, an outcome that isn’t just about the worst possible option is a pleasant surprise. So while the Organization for Economic Cooperation and...
Jul 12, 2021
ProPublica Doesn't Get the Tax Code, So Stirs Up Non-Existent Problems
Progressive news organization ProPublica has made a great deal of hay recently by pretending that public, widely-known, and intentional elements of the tax code are secret loopholes...
Jul 6, 2021
The Supreme Court Missed a Great Chance to Protect Remote Workers
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court denied New Hampshire’s motion to sue Massachusetts for the Bay State’s taxation of New Hamsphirites working from home...
Jun 28, 2021
On the Subject of SALT, Dems Push a Fact-Free Narrative
As negotiations continue on a bipartisan infrastructure agreement, certain members of Congress from high-tax states are desperate to tack on a repeal of the $10,000 cap on the state...
Jun 21, 2021
Joe Biden's Limp Efforts to Protect U.S. Companies from Foreign Taxation
One would think that an attempt by foreign countries to aggressively target American-based businesses for special taxes would sound the alarm for any president seeking to help our...
Jun 14, 2021
ProPublica Data Leak Vivifies the Dangers of An Expanded IRS
Earlier this week, ProPublica released a report based on the private tax data of wealthy Americans it had acquired. Just how it managed to acquire this...
May 31, 2021
Be Very Skeptical About Sen. Warren Throwing More Money at the IRS
Closing the “tax gap,” or revenue owed to the federal government that goes uncollected, has long been a favorite deus ex machina for lawmakers who want more...
May 17, 2021
It's Time for Taxpayers to Remind Congress It's Not Their Money
In just about four months, President Biden has proposed or signed into law around $6.5 trillion in new spending. With your taxpayer dollars suddenly up for grabs, a lot of...
May 10, 2021
A Celebrity Divorce Further Exposes the Wealth's Tax's Absurdity
What do disputes about the value of the late Michael Jackson’s image and the divorce of Bill and Melinda Gates have in common? No, it’s not a joke, or at least not a very...
May 3, 2021
New Census Data Reinforce the High Prices High Tax States Pay
Certain high-tax states in this country just can’t seem to help themselves. Even as their tax bases flee their states, these states continue to stick to the same tax-and-spend...
Apr 26, 2021
President Biden's Tax Hike Hits Keep On Coming
Just over three months into his presidency, Joe Biden has been nothing if not active. Fresh off proposing two bills that could end up costing taxpayers $5 trillion over the next...
Apr 19, 2021
The Global Minimum Corporate Tax Is a Form of Denial
The Biden Administration has cast its recent push for a global minimum corporate tax rate as a principled stand, an exercise in using multilateral agreements to coordinate a...
Apr 12, 2021
It's Apparent Biden Doesn't Really Believe His Tax Arguments
In recent years, it has become fashionable to profess outrage at reports of businesses with book profits that nevertheless owe zero taxes. Popularized by left-wing advocacy...
Apr 8, 2021
The Misleading Push for Corporate Tax Hikes
Corporations get attacked for not paying taxes in a certain year, but they’re just spreading out their losses.
Apr 5, 2021
President Biden's 'Centrism' Is a Tax-Hike Extravaganza
Believe it or not, “Infrastructure Week” appears to finally be here. Unfortunately, it carries with it a raft of tax hikes that put the lie to the campaign-trail...
Mar 29, 2021
Holdout States Should Protect Citizens, Conform to Federal Tax Day Deadline
Last week, because of its dreadful failure to keep up with tax filing season and pressure fromadvocacy organizations and members of Congress, the Internal Revenue Service...
Mar 22, 2021
States Are Out of Excuses About Remote Work and Taxation
The case against protecting remote workers from pandemic-related tax changes was never a strong one. With the passage of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, it’s gotten even...
Mar 15, 2021
The Covid Relief Bill Includes Massive Bailout for Unaccountable Pensions
In a relief bill (conservatively) estimated to cost taxpayers $1.9 trillion, what’s a hundred billion or so between friends? That’s presumably the reasoning behind...
Mar 8, 2021
Elizabeth Warren's Disingenuous 2 Cent Wealth Tax
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently revived her campaign proposal for a wealth tax on taxpayers with a net worth exceeding $50 million. Unfortunately, the plan retains the same...
Mar 1, 2021
Why Full Expensing of R&D Should Remain In the Tax Code
Ask a thousand random people what the 2017 tax reform law did, and probably none of them would tell you about full expensing of business investments — instead, they’d...
Feb 22, 2021
Maryland's Ill-Fated Attempt to Repeal the Laws of Economics
More than six months after Governor Larry Hogan vetoed the Maryland’s proposed first-in-the-nation digital advertising tax, the legislature has moved forward with overriding...
Feb 16, 2021
Mitt Romney's Child Tax Credit Rates Careful Consideration
We live in a time where “bold reform” is a phrase usually reserved for policy proposals that are only “bold” because everyone else knows they won’t...
Feb 8, 2021
GameStop Highlights the Folly of Taxing Unrealized Capital Gains
As the GameStop rollercoaster ride trundles ever onwards, most are focused on the impact on retail investors and hedge funds involved. But this episode also illustrates what a mess a...
Feb 1, 2021
New York Continues to Move Tax Rates In the Wrong Direction
If, as the saying goes, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then mark New York’s state government down as...
Jan 29, 2021
Want to Buy Bernie's Gloves? His Tax Policies Mean You Can't
The story of Wednesday, Jan. 20, was the inauguration of President Biden. But all the internet seemed to care about was the attire and demeanor of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who...
Jan 25, 2021
Beware of a Biden Tax On Unrealized Capital Gains
Newly-inaugurated President Biden is likely to take office and push for a flurry of new legislation. Yet while all eyes will be on Biden’s proposals for COVID-19 relief,...
Jan 19, 2021
Credit Congress For Not Bailing Out Overextended States
Back in April, as Congress was seeking to finalize an expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program, state governors and their Democratic allies in Congress delayed the rollout of...
Jan 11, 2021
The Now-Complete Democrat Trifecta Threatens Tax Hikes
Understandably lost in the wake of Wednesday’s shocking events was the fact that, with two election wins in Georgia, Democrats took control of the Senate to go with control...
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