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Do You Need To File A Tax Return in 2015? - Huffington Post

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Do You Need To File A Tax Return in 2015?
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To get a detailed breakdown on federal filing requirements, along with information on taxable and nontaxable income, call the IRS at 800-829-3676 and ask them to mail you a free copy of the "Tax Guide for Seniors" (publication 554). Special Requirements

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Savvy Senior: Do you need to file a tax return in 2015? -

Google IRS Federal Income Tax - Sat, 2015-02-14 21:23

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Savvy Senior: Do you need to file a tax return in 2015?
Dear Retiree, Whether or not you are required to file a federal income tax return this year will depend on how much you earned (gross income) — and the source of that income — as well as your filing status and your age. Your gross ... To get a ...
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U.S. agency fixes problem hampering Obamacare applications

Yahoo Tax - Sat, 2015-02-14 19:11

A day before the open enrollment deadline for private health coverage under Obamacare, some consumers were unable to submit applications because of "intermittent issues" with income verification, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said on Saturday. It said in a statement that it had worked with the Internal Revenue Service to fix the problem. The department said consumers who were affected should log into their account on the website and click on their 2015 application to finish it and complete their enrollment for coverage. The department said anyone who was unable to submit an application because their income could not be verified due to this or any other technical problem will receive an extension for enrollment.

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IRS Ruling Permits Inclusion of “Friendly PCs” in Consolidated Federal Income ... - The National Law Review

Google IRS Federal Income Tax - Fri, 2015-02-13 15:30

IRS Ruling Permits Inclusion of “Friendly PCs” in Consolidated Federal Income ...
The National Law Review
Under the arrangement, a parent corporation (“Parent”) owned several subsidiaries that together constituted a consolidated federal tax group (the “Parent Group”). A subsidiary of Parent had entered into various agreements with two professional ...

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Brazil’s President Raises Taxes but Fails to Deliver Promised Spending Cuts

Tax Foundation - Fri, 2015-02-13 12:45

Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, has implemented new taxes to stymie the country’s growing deficit. The taxes include a R$0.22 (US$0.07) per liter excise tax on gasoline and diesel fuel, a 1.5% tax increase on personal loans (a total of 3%), a 2.5% tax increase of the Pis/Cofins (types of social contributions) on imports (a total of 11.75%), and an increase in airport taxes by an average of 14.25%. The tax increases were expected to generate around R$21 billion (US$8 billion) in revenue for the government.

The tax increases along with R$22.7 billion (US$8.4 billion) in spending cuts where projected to move the government from a primary deficit of 0.6% of GDP to a surplus of 1.2% of GDP, but the Brazilian government is unlikely to realize the surplus, which has unsettled bond markets.

Although the new taxes are generating more revenue, the promised spending cuts have failed to materialize. The president has pushed to implement the cuts, but Brazilian lawmakers responded by passing a bill to block the austerity. Moreover, the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Brazilian congress, has passed a bill limiting the president’s ability to eliminate or postpone special projects through executive order.

The mixture of an increased tax burden along with continued deficit spending is a recipe from economic trouble. Sprinkle in low oil prices, which has delayed several major Petrobras projects, and inflation above the Brazilian Central Bank’s target, which has pushed up interest rates; and the Brazilian consumer has almost completely disappeared. As such, it is unlikely that the government will meet the revenue estimates, even with the additional taxes.   

The Brazilian president only has herself to blame for Brazil’s economic woes. As the incumbent president, she used tax cuts and spending programs to influence the elections this last year. It may have won her the presidency, but it caused the government to move from a primary surplus of 1.6% of GDP in 2013 to a deficit. With the presidency firmly in hand and economic concerns on the horizon, President Rousseff switched her policies to austerity.     

Only time will tell how far Brazil will slide into economic downturn. As Brazil suffer the consequences of President Rousseff’s spending spree, the voters of Brazil can contemplate if the benefits were worth the costs. For all democratic countries, Brazil’s last election is a warning. If the voters don’t punish politicians for manipulating the economy through taxes and spends, then it is the voters who will ultimately suffer the consequences.  

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IRS Free File 101 - How to File your Taxes for Free - Fox Business

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IRS Free File 101 - How to File your Taxes for Free
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Formed in 2003, IRS Free File is the product of a partnership between the Internal Revenue Service and a group of fourteen online tax software suppliers that form the Free File Alliance – including such familiar names as TurboTax, TaxSlayer, H&R Block ...
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Powerball winnings in Puerto Rico, exempt from federal tax? Nobody knows - Fox News Latino

Google IRS Federal Income Tax - Thu, 2015-02-12 12:42

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Powerball winnings in Puerto Rico, exempt from federal tax? Nobody knows
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IRS officials did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment. Puerto Rico's tax code exempts Puerto Ricans from paying federal taxes on local income. The island has the discretion to set the local tax. This peculiarity has been a magnet for U.S. ...
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Greece suffers 1 billion euro tax revenue shortfall in January

Yahoo Tax - Thu, 2015-02-12 08:08
Greece's tax revenues slumped 23 percent below target in January as citizens held off on paying taxes before a snap election, marking a setback for the new left-wing government as it seeks a deal with European partners to avert a financial crisis. Finance ministry data showed tax revenues were 3.49 billion euros in January, about 1 billion euros below the target of 4.54 billion set under Greece's latest budget. January's dive in revenues was largely driven by Greeks holding off before the vote in the belief that a government led by the radical Syriza party would abolish some unpopular measures such as the ENFIA property tax. "There are tax obligations that have been delayed and we are sure that we will collect them in the coming months," Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas told Reuters.
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TurboTax Fraud May Impact Federal Returns Too, FBI Investigating - Forbes

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TurboTax Fraud May Impact Federal Returns Too, FBI Investigating
But all indications were that this was just a state tax problem, not a federal one. Not any more. Although details are sketchy, the ... that their federal refund may be in jeopardy. Taxpayers interviewed about the fraudulent tax filings said their IRS ...
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China Internet censorship hurts European businesses: survey

Yahoo Tax - Wed, 2015-02-11 23:52

China's Internet restrictions are hurting European businesses operating in the country, a lobby group said on Thursday, as controls over access to overseas websites are tightened under President Xi Jinping. Authorities have in recent months increased restrictions on virtual private networks (VPNs), used to circumvent China's vast censorship apparatus known as the Great Firewall which blocks websites such YouTube and Facebook. The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said the restrictions amount to an "Internet tax", adding that 86 percent of respondents to an internal survey said they had a "negative effect" on business, a 15 percent increase compared to June. "Restricted access to key Internet tools is not merely an unfortunate inconvenience for individuals -- it is an increasingly onerous cost of doing business here that many companies are finding harder to bear," said Jorg Wuttke, president of the chamber which has around 1,800 members.

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IRS warns about "dirty dozen" tax scams - W*USA 9

Google IRS Federal Income Tax - Wed, 2015-02-11 20:40


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IRS warns about "dirty dozen" tax scams - USA TODAY

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Western Journalism

IRS warns about "dirty dozen" tax scams
If the strategy uses unnecessary steps or a form that doesn't reflect its substance, the IRS could deem it abusive. • Falsifying income to claim tax credits: Don't heed anyone who advises you to "invent" income as a way to qualify for federal tax credits.
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Proposed Tax Changes in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

Tax Foundation - Wed, 2015-02-11 15:45

President Obama recently presented his budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year. The budget proposes $3.99 trillion in spending and $3.53 trillion in revenue for a deficit of $474 billion for 2016 and a number of new tax proposals.

In total, the plan includes $2.4 trillion in proposed tax increases offset by $713 billion in new credits, deductions, and other offsets, for a total tax increase of nearly $1.7 trillion over the next ten years.

The president’s proposal contains tax changes for both individuals and businesses with the tax changes for businesses spread across two categories: budget proposals and revenue for long-run business tax reform.

The difference between the two categories is that the revenue from the business tax reform changes is ostensibly earmarked for revenue neutral tax reform to be completed at a later date. Interestingly, the budget proposal’s revenue tables do not include a reduction in the corporate tax rate to 28 percent—a provision that was included in previous budgets.

The table below includes revenue estimates for both components of the tax plan.

Proposed Tax Increases in President Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

Budget Proposals and Revenue for Long-Term Tax Reform



Revenue Change, 2016-2025 (Millions of Dollars)

Budget Proposal


Total Revenue Increases



Total Revenue Decreases


Net Revenue Change



Revenue for Long-term Tax Reform


Total Revenue Increases



Total Revenue Decreases


Net Revenue Change



Complete Proposal


Total Revenue Increases



Total Revenue Decreases


Total Revenue Change (Net)


Source: U.S. Treasury, Tax Foundation Calculations.


A couple weeks before the release of the budget, the president provide information on some of the tax changes in his plan. Specifically, he released information on new tax increases on capital gains, a bank tax, and a number of new tax credits. The complete budget includes a number of additional tax changes—some holdovers from previous years’ budgets, such as the Buffett Rule—and many new proposals, such as a 19 percent minimum tax on the foreign earned income of U.S. corporations.

This analysis provides an overview of the proposed tax changes in the president’s fiscal year 2016 budget. The White House has additional details of the president’s proposal here. The ten-year revenue estimates for each provision are in the tables below. Greater detail of the revenue estimate for each provision is available from the Treasury Department.

Tax Changes in the Budget Proposal

As part of his fiscal year 2016 budget, the president proposed a net tax increase of $1.55 trillion with the additional revenue used for infrastructure spending and the growth in other government spending programs.

The president released details for many of his major tax proposals ahead of the State of the Union address in mid-January. Our previous analysis on these proposals is here, here, and here.

Tax Increases

The president proposes $1.85 trillion in tax increases, with many of the tax increases focused on high-income earners.

Increase Capital Gains Tax Rate to 28 Percent and Eliminate Stepped Up Basis

The president’s proposal would increase the top capital gains tax rate from 23.8 percent to 28 percent (37.2 percent in California) and eliminate stepped-up basis—a change would potentially create a 68 percent tax on capital gains upon death. Our analysis finds that the capital gains tax increase alone would shrink the economy by 0.8 percent, eliminate 135,000 jobs and actually lose revenue in the long run. Revenue estimate: $208 billion over ten years.

Implement the Buffet Rule

­The plan would implement the Buffet Rule, or “fair share tax,” a 30 percent minimum tax on high-income earners. Revenue estimate: $35 billion over ten years.

Impose a Bank Tax

The president’s plan would create a 0.07 percent tax on the liabilities of financial firms with assets over $50 billion. The White House estimates the tax would hit around 100 U.S. firms. Additionally, the Tax Policy Center found that the tax would decrease workers’ wages. Revenue estimate: $111 billion over ten years.

Increase Estate Tax Rate to 45 Percent and Reduce Exemption to $3.5 Million

The president proposes we return to the 2009 estate tax rules. This change would increase the estate tax rate from 40 percent to 45 percent and lower the exemption from $5.34 million to $3.5 million. Revenue estimate: $189 billion over ten years.

Places Limits on Retirement Accounts

The president’s plan would create a $3.4 million cap on retirement accounts. This means taxpayers would not be able to save in retirement accounts once they reach this limit. Revenue estimate: $26 billion over ten years.

Conform SECA Taxes for Professional Service Businesses

The president’s proposal would apply self-employment taxes to all business income of active owners of pass-through businesses and introduce new rules to require business owners to classify certain income as wage income instead of passive income. Revenue estimate: $75 billion over ten years.

Increase Tobacco Taxes

The budget includes an increase in the excise tax on tobacco and index the excise tax for inflation. The president would use the money to help pay for preschool and the CHIP program. Revenue estimate: $95 billion.

Limit the Value of Itemized Deductions and Other Tax Expenditures to 28 Percent

This proposal would limit the value of most tax deductions to 28 percent of each dollar of deductible income. A similar proposal appeared in the president’s FY 2015 budget and was previously made by Mitt Romney. Revenue estimate: $603 billion over ten years.

Deemed Repatriation

The budget includes a 14 percent one-time, retroactive tax on foreign corporate income currently invested overseas. The deemed repatriation is an attempt to tax the estimated $2 trillion of foreign earned income reinvested in foreign operations, which defers U.S. taxation. The president proposes to use the revenue to fund new infrastructure projects. Revenue estimate: $268 billion over ten years.  

Tax Cuts

The budget proposal includes $304 billion in new and expanded tax credits to offset the $1.85 trillion tax increase.

Child Care Tax Credit

The president’s proposal would triple the maximum allowable child care tax credit and make it available to families with higher incomes, increasing the value from $1,000 to $3,000 and the income limit to $120,000. Revenue estimate: -$50 billion over ten years.

Consolidate and Expand Higher Education Tax Credit

The president’s plan would eliminate the Hope Credit, Lifetime Learning Credit, and tuition fees, and expand the American Opportunity Credit. The proposal would expand the credit’s refundable portion to $1,500 and make part-time students eligible to claim the credit. Revenue estimate: -$46 billion over ten years.

Small Employer Tax Credit for MyRA

The president’s proposal would offer new tax credits to businesses that offer auto-enrollment in retirement vehicles. The size of the credit would range between $1,500 and $4,500, depending on the size of the business and the business’s current use of retirement plans. Revenue estimate: -$17 billion over ten years.

Expanded EITC for Workers without Children

The president’s budget would increase the EITC for taxpayers without children from $503 to about $1,000. Revenue estimate: -$60 billion over ten years.

Second-Earner Tax Credit

The president’s proposal would create a new maximum $500 tax credit for two-earner families. The credit would phase in to the maximum of $500 at $10,000 of spousal income and phase out beginning at $180,000 for a couple. Revenue estimate: -$89 billion over ten years.

Revenue for Long-Term, Revenue-Neutral Tax Reform

The president proposes $141 billion in new revenue to reserve for long-term tax reform.

In the description of his budget, the president suggests a 28 percent corporate tax rate and a 25 percent corporate tax rate for domestic manufacturers. However, the revenue estimates from the plan do not include any changes to the corporate tax rate and the $141 billion available for tax reform would be enough revenue to cut the corporate tax rate by roughly two-points on a static basis.

The plan includes $550 billion in tax increases offset by $409 billion in new tax credits or expanded business deductions.

Tax Increases

The president’s budget includes a new minimum tax on foreign-earned income, changes to the foreign tax credits, and elimination or repeal of a number of provisions used to account for real business costs for tax increase of $550 billion.

19 Percent Minimum Tax on Foreign Earnings

The president’s proposal would create a worldwide 19 percent minimum tax on foreign-earned income, eliminate the deferral of U.S. tax on foreign-earned income, and reduce the foreign tax credit to 85 percent of the value of foreign taxes paid. Revenue estimate: $205 billion over ten years.

Restrict Deductions for Interest and Limit the Ability of U.S. Firms to Invert

In order to prevent earnings stripping, the president’s proposal would create new rules that limit interest deductions of U.S. companies to foreign subsidiaries. Additionally, the budget proposes new rules to limit corporate tax inversions. Revenue estimate: $77 billion over ten years.

Eliminate Oil, Gas, and Coal Provisions

The president’s budget would eliminate a number of provisions used by oil and gas companies to help account for business costs. Among the provisions eliminated would be expensing of intangible drilling costs, percentage depletion, and an increase in amortization periods. Revenue estimate: $49 billion over ten years.

Repeal LIFO

The president proposes the repeal of last-in, first-out inventory accounting standards, which would equate to a large retroactive tax on inventories. Revenue estimate: $76 billion over ten years.

Tax Cuts

Expand and Permanently Extend Section 179

The president proposes to expand and make permanent Section 179 expensing to allow businesses to expense up to $1 million of investment in equipment in the first year. This would allow businesses to “pay taxes based on an income measure much closer to their bank statement.” Revenue estimate: -$64 billion over ten years.

Enhance and Make Permanent Research Incentives

Among other provisions, the president’s budget would make permanent the Research and Experimentation Tax Credit, the Production Tax Credit, and the Investment Tax Credit. Revenue estimate: -$128 billion over ten years.

Incentives for Renewable Energy

The president’s budget would make permanent tax credits for renewable energy production and energy efficient buildings. Revenue estimate: $43 billion over ten years.


Proposed Tax Changes in President Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget



Proposed Tax Change

Revenue Change, 2016-2025 (Millions of Dollars)

New and Expanded Tax Credits and Deductions


Expand the Child Care Tax Credit



Consolidate and Expand Higher Education Tax Credit



MyRA Program with Small Employer Tax Credits



Penalty Free Withdrawals for Long-term Unemployed



Expand Retirement Plans to Part-time Workers



Simplify Minimum Requirement Distribution Rules



Expand EITC for workers without children



Simplify rules for claiming EITC for workers without children



Provide Second-Earner Tax Credit



Extend Exclusion from Income Cancellation for Certain Home Mortgage Debt





Tax Increases


New Taxes and Tax Rate Increases


Reduce the Value of Certain Tax Expenditures



Increase Capital Gains Tax to 28 Percent



Implement the Buffet Rule/"Fair Share Tax"



Impose a Bank Tax







Require Inclusion of Income of Accrued Market Discount and Limit Accrual Amount for Distressed Debt



Require Average Cost Basis for Covered Securities



Tax Carried Interest As Ordinary Income



Require Beneficiaries of Deceased Retirement Plans to Take Distribution over No More than Five Years



A $3.4 Million Cap on Retirement Account Accrual



Conform SECA taxes for professional service businesses



Limit Roth Conversions to Pre-Tax Dollars



Eliminate deduction for dividends on stocks of corporations help in ESOPs



Repeal Exclusion of Net Unrealized Appreciation in Employer Securities



Disallow Deduction for Charitable Contributions that a required for College Sporting Events Tickets





Estate and Gift Tax Changes


Reinstate estate, gift and GST tax parameters from 2009



Require consistency in Value for Transfers and Income Tax Purposes



Modify transfer tax rules for GRATs and other trusts



Modify GST Tax Treatment of Health and Education Trusts



Extend lien on Estate Tax Deferrals of Closely Held Businesses



Simplify Gift Tax Exclusion for Annual Gifts





Tax Credits and Incentives


Create "Promise Zones"



Tax Credit for Production of Advanced Technology Vehicles



Tax Credit for Alternative Fuel Commercial Vehicles



Extend Tax Credit for Contraction of Energy Efficient Homes



Reduce Excise Tax on LNG



Enhance and Modify Conservation Easement Deduction





Other Tax Increases


Increase Financing for Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund



Reinstate Superfund Taxes



Increase Tobacco Taxes and Index for Inflation



Make Unemployment Insurance Surtax Permanent



Expand Federal Unemployment Tax Act base





Tax Gap Reforms


Information Reporting


Improve Information Reporting for Contractors and Businesses



Improve Mortgage Interest Deduction Reporting



Expand Information Reporting



Business Compliance


Increase Certainty of Worker Classification



Increase Information Sharing to Administer Excise Taxes



Provide Authority to share information about beneficial ownership of U.S. companies



Tax Administration


Impose Liability on Shareholders to Collect Unpaid Corporate Income Taxes



Increase levy authority for payments to Medicare provides with delinquent tax debt



Implement a program integrity statutory cap adjustment for tax administration



Streamline Audit Procedures for Large Partnerships



Revise Offer-in-Compromise Application Rules



Make Repeated Failure to File a Felony



Facilitate Tax Compliance with Local Jurisdictions



Extend Statute of Limitations for Assessment of Overstated Basis and State Adjustments



Improve Investigative Disclosure Statute



Allow IRS to charge credit and debit card processing fees for certain tax payments



Provide IRS with Flexibility to Address Errors



Enhance Electronic Filing of Returns



Stagger Tax Return Filing Due Dates



Provide IRS and Treasury with Authority to Regulate All Paid Return Preparers



Increase Penalty for Willful or Reckless Conduct by Paid Preparers





Other Changes and Simplification


Modify Adoption Credit to Allow Tribal Determination of Special Needs



Repeal Non-Qualified Preferred Stock Designation



Reform Excise Tax Based on Investment Income of Private Foundations



Simplify Arbitrage Investment Restrictions



Simplify Single-Family Mortgage Bond Targeting Requirement



Streamline Private Business Limits on Government Bonds



Repeal Technical Terminations of Partnerships



Repeal Anti-Churning Rules of Section 197



Repeal Telephone Excise Tax



Increase Standard Mileage Rate for Automobile Use by Volunteers



Consolidate Limits for Charitable Contributions and Extend Carryforward Periods for Deductions



Provide Relief for Certain Accidental Dual Citizens





One-Time International Tax


Deemed Repatriation



New Fees


Reform Inland waterways funding



Total Revenue Increases


Total Revenue Decreases


Total Revenue Change


Source: Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Treasury



Proposed Revenue for Long-Run Revenue-Neutral Business Tax Reform

President Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposals


Proposed Tax Change

Revenue Change, 2016-2025 (Millions of Dollars)

International Reforms


Restrict deductions for interest of members of financial reporting groups



Provide tax incentives for location jobs and business activity in the U.S. Eliminate deduction for costs of new hires overseas



Repeal delay in implementation of worldwide interest allocation



Extend Active Financing under Subpart F



Extend Look-through Treatment



Impose 19 percent minimum tax on foreign earnings



Impose 14 percent one-time tax on deferred foreign income



Limit shifting of income through intangible property transfers



Disallow the deduction for excess non-taxed reinsurance premiums paid to affiliates



Modify tax rules for dual capacity taxpayers



Tax gain from sale of partnership interest on look-through basis



Extend section 338(h)(16) to certain asset acquisitions



Remove foreign taxes from a section 902 corporation's foreign tax pool when earnings are eliminated



Create new category of subpart F income for transactions involving digital goods or services



Expand foreign base company sales income to include manufacturing service arrangements



Amend CFC attribution rules



Eliminate 30-day grace period before subpart F inclusions



Restrict use of hybrid arrangements that create stateless income



Limit the application of exceptions under subpart F for transactions that use reverse hybrid to create stateless income



Limit the ability of domestic entities to expatriate





Simplification and Tax Changes for Small Businesses


Expand and permanently extend increased expensing for small businesses



Expand cash accounting for small businesses and establish uniform definition of small businesses



Eliminate capital gains taxations on investment in small business stock



Increase limitations for deductible new business expenditures and consolidate provisions for start-up and organizational expenditures



Expand and simplify tax credit for small employers for non-elective contributions to employee health insurance





Incentives for Manufacturing, Research, and Renewable Energy


Enhance and make permanent research incentives



Extend and modify certain employment tax credits, including those for veterans



Modify and make permanent renewable electricity production credit



Modify and permanent extend deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings



Carbon dioxide investment and sequestration tax credit



Additional tax credits for investment in property used in qualifying advanced energy manufacturing project



New Manufacturing Communities Tax Credit



Tax credit for second generation biofuel production





Regional Incentives


Modify and extend New Markets Tax Credit



Reform and expand Low-Income Housing Tax Credit





Incentives for Investment in Infrastructure


Provide America Fast Forward Bonds (AFFB) and expand eligible uses



Allow current refundings of state and local government bonds



Repeal $150 million non-hospital bond limitation on 501(c)(3) bonds



Increase limit for qualified highway or surface freight transfer facility bonds



Provide new category of bonds for "Qualified Public Infrastructure Bonds"



Modify qualified private activity bonds for public education facilities



Repeal tax-exempt bond financing of professional sports facilities



Research arrangements for purposes of private business use limits



Modify tax-exempt bonds for Indian tribal governments



Exempt foreign pension funds from the application of Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act





Eliminate Oil, Gas, and Coal Provisions


Repeal enhanced oil recovery credit



Repeal credit for oil and natural gas produced from marginal wells



Repeal expensing of intangible drilling costs



Repeal deduction for tertiary injectants



Repeal exception to passive loss limitation for working interest in oil and gas properties



Repeal percentage depletion for oil and natural gas wells



Repeal domestic manufacturing deduction for oil and natural gas production



Increase amortization period for independent producers to seven years



Repeal expensing of exploration and development costs



Repeal percentage depletion for hard mineral fossil fuels



Repeal capital gains treatment for royalties



Repeal domestic manufacturing deduction for coal and other hard minerals



Treat publicly-traded partnerships for fossil fuels as C corporations





Revenue Increases on from Financial and Insurance Industry Products


Require that derivative contracts be marked to market with resulting gain or loss treated as ordinary



Modify rules that apply to sales of insurance contracts



Modify proration rules for life insurance company general and separate accounts



Expand pro rata interest expense disallowance for corporate owned life-insurance



Conform net operating loss rules of life insurance companies to those of other corporations





Other Revenue Increases


Repeal LIFO accounting for inventories



Repeal lower-of-cost-or-market inventory accounting



Modify like-kind exchange rules for real property



Modify depreciation rules for general aviation passenger aircraft



Expand definition of built-in loss for partnership loss transfers



Extend partnership basis limitation rules to nondeductible expenditures



Limit the importation of losses under party loss limitation rules



Deny deduction for punitive damages



Conform corporate ownership standards



Tax corporate distributions as dividends



Repeal Federal Insurance Contributions Act tip credit



Repeal excise tax credit for distilled spirits with flavor and wine additives





Total Revenue Increases


Total Revenue Decreases


Total Revenue Change (Net)


*The revenue from the deemed repatriation is included in Table 1.

Source: U.S. Treasury



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Senator Bernie Sanders’s New Deal for America

Tax Foundation - Wed, 2015-02-11 10:45

Inspired by Roosevelt’s New Deal in many regards, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) recently outlined his vision for America, featuring expansionary government spending policies. A major federal jobs program, a hike in the minimum wage to at least $15, expansion of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, increased regulation of Wall Street, and protectionist trade policies are examples of initiatives Sanders emphasized. However, Sen. Sanders provided little information on how he might finance his vision.

In describing his political manifest before the Brookings Institute audience, Sen. Sanders’s recipe for economic growth and reduced inequality focused predominantly on the spending side of the equation. Moreover, Sanders posited that increased regulation of Wall Street and increasingly protectionist measures in U.S. trade policy would benefit the U.S. economy. For example, Sen. Sanders cited that he opposed NAFTA and similarly is against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

To be sure, Sen. Sanders did offer some guidance on mechanisms for raising revenue; however, his clearly outlined spending program was not corroborated by an equally pellucid plan for raising revenue. To fund rising welfare related expenses, Sanders proposed an increase in the payroll tax cap to $250,000. Additionally, the senator from Vermont, providing few details, focused on raising additional tax revenue through the relatively nebulous term “real tax reform,” including more taxes on individuals and corporations with earnings in foreign countries as well as eliminating corporate loopholes in the tax code.

Equality of opportunity is perhaps the most important and fundamental idea underlying a just society—and Sen. Sanders’s ambition to reach that end is commendable—yet his proposals may be shooting himself and the U.S. economy in the foot along the journey of reaching that goal.

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Switzerland slides into deficit on surprise 9% revenue fall

Yahoo Tax - Wed, 2015-02-11 09:11

The Swiss government said Wednesday it suffered its first federal budget deficit in nearly a decade last year following a surprise nine percent drop in tax revenue. The deficit of 124 million Swiss francs (118.5 million euros or $133.8 million) was the first since 2005, and was also a surprise as Bern had forecast for 2014 a budget surplus of 121 million francs. Swiss Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf said "we will investigate" the 2.4 billion franc shortfall in revenues. In 2013, Switzerland recorded a federal budget surplus of 1.3 billion Swiss francs.

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FBI to probe fake tax filings through TurboTax: WSJ

Yahoo Tax - Tue, 2015-02-10 20:54
(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is examining how fraudulent tax returns were filed in 19 states through tax-preparation software TurboTax, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person with knowledge of the matter. In particular, the FBI is focusing on whether a computer data breach allowed access to personal identity information and whether the information was obtained from TurboTax, developed by Intuit Inc, or some other source, the Journal reported. "Intuit has not been notified, nor are we aware, that we are the target of an FBI investigation," Intuit spokeswoman Julie Miller said in an email to Reuters.
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Colorado's 2014 taxes on recreational pot come in at $44M

Yahoo Tax - Tue, 2015-02-10 18:06
DENVER (AP) — Colorado finally learned Tuesday how much tax revenue it collected from recreational marijuana in the first year of sales, and the haul was below estimates — about $44 million.
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The Case for "Jobs Day"

Tax Foundation - Tue, 2015-02-10 09:15

I have long maintained a skepticism of the ridiculous “wonk” hobby of obsessing over “Jobs Day.” The first Friday of every month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on the employment situation in the country.

I am still skeptical. The cultural phenomenon of "Jobs Day," as practiced by economic journalists - where people obsess over small granular details that are likely to be revised substantially anyway - remains kind of dumb. But since I published my case against "Jobs Day," the economy has improved substantially. There have been three reports published since I last visited the subject, and, honestly, they’re quite a lot better. Over the last three months, the BLS shows a total of 1.009 million jobs added, or about 336,000 per month. Figures for December and January are still only preliminary and may change, but this is very likely to be the single best three-month stretch of my adult life.

My case against compulsive reporting of the nonfarm payrolls number has been twofold: first, that amounts like 190,000 jobs are basically meaningless – they mostly mean that the population grew (as it tends to do) and that the economy remained roughly the same as it always did. And second, that a single month’s worth of data is usually insignificant.

Neither of these critiques applies when we look at the last three months, as a whole. The case for “Jobs Day,” if you will, is that if you group several Jobs Days together, you can start to see meaningful trends. It is unquestionable that the labor market is finally on the rise. 

As of early last November, I wrote this: “It's almost pathetic to see policy journalists parse the report for whether it shows 150,000 or 200,000 jobs this time. We need something more like ten million.”

The general sentiment remains true. But three months later, I’d knock that number back from ten million to nine, and that’s absolutely a difference worth celebrating.

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