Taxes

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Carbon taxes may sound like an efficiency improvement in the abstract, but their political implementation is a mess.

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Often firms that receive these targeted incentives are subject to little or no accountability, and they rarely create the number of jobs or the hourly wage rates they promise.

Friday, January 11th, 2019

The Democrats who just took control of the House of Representatives have already implemented changes to House rules so that if they decide to act on Ocasio-Cortez’s idea to jack up the top marginal tax rate to 70 percent, no procedural obstructions will block their way.

Friday, January 11th, 2019

While people in France and Austria might not be completely aware that this added tax will actually hurt them in the long run, authorities in those two countries should be reminded that the digital tax is nothing but an additional burden on the consumer; pretending the plan is about fairness will not fly.

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

The collapse in confidence in government from 77% to 18% is one of the most striking changes in public philosophy of the last half century. To proceed as if this means nothing represents astonishing ideological blindness.

Monday, January 7th, 2019

The historical narrative we've been hearing is both simplistic and wrong. It relies upon a confusion between the statutory tax rate (i.e., the number that’s on the statute books) and the effective tax rate (i.e., the percentage of income that people actually pay once exemptions, deductions, and other tax-code incentives are accounted for).

Friday, December 21st, 2018

The GoFundMe campaign for the wall illustrates both the possibilities and the limitations of relying on voluntary revenue collection. Private efforts might be able to collect the money they need, but they will not and should not obtain the powers that government possesses to take away the people’s liberty and property.

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Regulatory uncertainty is one of the major risks facing the blockchain industry as it matures. Ohio’s courting of the industry throughout 2018 may have value beyond a handful of overblown headlines.

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

For two weeks in France, and now Belgium and the Netherlands, a European Spring has been building. What we see in Paris today might be the end of social democracy as we know it, and what comes in its place is what the battle of ideas today is really about.

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Politicians and activists who blithely maintain that public support for lofty climate change projects is both bottomless and selfless are either obtuse or tacitly agitating for tyranny.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Amazon's highly coveted HQ2 is probably a good deal for company and cities alike, but for the rest of us, it’s just another frustrating example of what happens when big business and big government join hands.

Monday, October 1st, 2018

How many times have you had to hold your nose when voting for a candidate because you hate their views on some issues but agree with them on issues you find more important? This is the familiar problem of bundling.

Friday, July 27th, 2018

For the second time since the last election, there’s a growing effort to impose a carbon tax on Americans. Once again, this effort is being led not by the environmentalist left, but by conservative organizations and a small group of Republican legislators.

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Should a person be forced to pay the equivalent of union dues that pushes a version of politics that he or she opposes? The Supreme Court has ruled: no. 

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

What Elizabeth Warren intends is to make the highwayman rob you in your sleep, so that you never know he is there and come to expect less ownership in the morning than when you went to bed. Her proposed change to tax filing would diminish property rights, make tax increases easier, reduce your privacy, and fundamentally upend what remains of the idea that you are entitled to the wealth you earn. It would also end up restricting your possible sources of income

Monday, December 25th, 2017

So far as I’m concerned, the genuine achievements under the Trump administration can be summed up in two words: tax cuts and deregulation.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Tax debates might have better outcomes if we began by acknowledging that the politicians take the money from the people who earn it. It’s not the politicians’ money. It’s ours.

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Nothing raises Americans’ ire more than tax increases, but most of us don’t know that we face a hidden income-tax hike almost every year that the economy grows.

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Taxes are being collected to help end the financial crisis that ended nearly a decade ago.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

An especially controversial feature of President Trump’s proposed tax reform is a cut in the corporate income tax. The current tax is progressive, with rates ranging from 15 to 35 percent on income minus deductions. The Trump tax would have a single rate of 15 percent and would eliminate some deductions.

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