Rapper Beanie Sigel moved from prison to halfway house
Rapper Beanie Sigel has moved from a federal prison to a halfway house. The Bureau of Prisons says Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, was moved from the Federal Correctional Institution Schuylkill to a Philadelphia-area residential reentry center ...
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When companies flee US tax, investors don't gain
Establishing a tax domicile abroad to avoid U.S. taxes is a hot strategy in corporate America, but many companies that have done such "inversion" deals have failed to produce above-average returns for investors, a Reuters analysis has found. Looking ...
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Are 'Expendables 3' & IRS Equally Expendable?
The bills introducing this, H.R. 25 and S. 122, call for abolishing all federal personal and corporate income taxes, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment taxes. The new federal retail sales ...
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Growing recognition of 'real estate' cuts firms' tax bills
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Save our economy by abolishing the IRS, making taxation voluntary
The following plan will create millions of jobs for the unemployed. Everyone will pay their fair share of federal taxes (including the 47 percent that now pay no federal income tax) with a break for the poor and the unemployed. The rich will pay more ...
Viewtran: About To View Large Tax Bill? (VIEW)
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IRS to probe Valeant tax returns after Canada deal
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How Obamacare could make filing taxes a nightmare
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Allentown residents admit to $700000 IRS scam
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Ad Watch: Pennsylvania governor's race
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DJ Drama Announces Beanie Sigel's Release From Prison On Twitter
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An interesting new interactive tool produced by the New York Times’ Upshot blog presents data showing state populations back to 1900, and what share of them were born in-state, abroad, or in other states. It’s a fascinating graphic to look at, but can be hard to interpret. What does it mean that North Carolina’s born-in-state share has fallen dramatically over the last few decades? How should we interpret New York’s remarkably small amount of domestic in-migrants? What conclusions can we draw from California’s declining number of interstate migrants?
The Upshot offers some commentary, suggesting that the rising share of domestic migrants in the south may help boost Democrats’ political fortunes in those states. Looking at New York specifically, they chart how large amounts of the population have gone to Florida. Hopefully, they’ll keep offering more data and commentary along these lines, helping translate a rich dataset for public use.
One point that is hard to ignore when scrolling through the 50 charts is just how big interstate migration really is. As the Upshot makes clear, interstate migration is a major force in America today. While the annual population of migrants may just be between 1 and 3 percent of the population, these annual flows, when repeated year after year, result in huge demographic consequences for states.
Furthermore, this new data can tell a striking story for readers who know the historical tax policies of the various states. Just to focus on one example, California saw rising migration from other states from 1910 to 1960. Then from 1970 to the present day, it has experienced persistent out-migration. No doubt many factors, including the interstate highway system, the Great Depression, agricultural modernization, the invention of air conditioning, an aging population, and others impact these changes.
But it’s also true that California’s Governor Earl Warren cut top income tax rates from 15 to 6 percent in 1943. Income tax rates did not rise above 7 percent until 1967, meaning that California did not have a very high income tax compared to other states at the time. Since the tax hikes in 1967, California income taxes have remained higher than the national average. The 1960s also saw California’s sales tax rates rise well above those of other states, when they had previously been closer to the national average. Eventually, as property taxes also rose rapidly, California citizens became deeply disgruntled with the state’s tax policies. This led to the 1978 “tax revolt” and Proposition 13, which capped and cut property taxes. It is no great surprise that the same rising tax burdens that led to a massive political upheaval were also associated with a reversal in migration patterns.
Taxes cannot be wholly blamed for the ongoing exodus of California residents, but they can play a part (certainly other commonly-cited reasons like job opportunities or weather can’t be blamed). Furthermore (and contrary to some of the Upshot’s commentary), migration of disgruntled Californians (or New Englanders) to southern states may not be good news for southern Democrats. If migrants are leaving behind frustration about taxes, restrictive zoning regulations, or lack of job opportunities, they may not be very likely Democratic voters. Migrants may not be representative of normal Californians or New Yorkers: they may be disproportionately likely to want something else. Exactly how great a role interstate migrants play in shifting partisan voting patterns is not immediately obvious.
But the new tools and commentary from the Upshot clearly show that migration is a major demographic force, and thus economically significant enough to merit attention from policymakers. Prominent changes in the data suggest that taxes may have a role in affecting migration, though certainly taxes are just one of many important variables, and probably not even the biggest factor. As always, talking about migration isn’t simple: migration data is challenging to measure and represent, and even more difficult to interpret.
Read more about migration here.
Check out our interactive migration data here.
Read more on California here.
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IRS Would Lose in Court Battle Against Churches Over 'Pulpit Freedom,' Says ...
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In the current hysteria over corporate inversions, many point to their cost to the U.S. Treasury. In a Washington Post article, BusinessWeek’s Allan Sloan writes about corporate inversions saying: “All of this threatens to undermine our tax base, with projected losses in the billions.”
While corporate inversions point to fundamental problems with our corporate tax system, corporate inversions are not a significant threat to the corporate tax base.
The Joint Committee on Taxation in May released their estimate of the revenue gained from passing the “Stop Corporate Inversions Act of 2014.” This law alters rules and makes it harder for corporations to invert and move overseas. The JCT estimates that this will raise approximately $19.5 billion over fiscal years 2015 and 2024.
Compare this to the Congressional Budget Office’s fiscal outlook that estimates that the corporate income tax is estimated to raise approximately $4.5 trillion over the same period.
That is a 0.4 percent loss to our corporate tax base due to corporate inversions. Hardly the doom and gloom many in the press and Congress make it out to be.
Why does there seems to be a great deal of hysteria over inversions when it costs so little? It is likely a misunderstanding of how the corporate tax system works. Many news reports mischaracterize an inversion as a way a corporation can escape all federal corporate income taxes. In fact, corporate inversions only work to change the taxes on the income a U.S. corporation earns overseas.
The United States has what is called a worldwide tax system. This tax system taxes the income earned of corporations both here and abroad at the 35 percent corporate tax rate.
First, companies operating in foreign countries pay income taxes to the country in which those profits were earned. For example, if a subsidiary of a U.S. firm earns $100 in profits in England, it pays the United Kingdom corporate income tax rate of 21 percent (or $21) on those profits. When those profits are brought back to the United States, an additional tax equal to the difference between the U.S. tax rate of 35 percent and the UK corporate rate of 21 percent ($14 in this case) is collected by the IRS. Between the two nations, the U.S. firm will have paid a total of $35, or 35 percent, in taxes on its foreign profits.
An inversion only allows them to escape the additional domestic tax on their foreign earnings (the $14 in the above case). U.S. corporations will still be liable for tax on every single penny it earns in the United States.
By no means are corporate inversions not a problem. Inversions point to fundamental problems with our tax code: at 39.1 percent, the United States has the highest corporate income tax rate in the developed world. Additionally, we are one of few countries that continue the practice of taxing our corporations on a worldwide basis. Inversions are a response to this reality.
One thing is sure: if we do not fix our uncompetitive corporate tax system, we will continue to lose out on corporate investment.
State Tax Notes today reports that the California Senate just approved a bill that would prohibit sports team owners from deducting professional fines as business expenses. The bill, which was approved 27 to 9, is aimed at Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, who made racially offensive comments this year resulting in a $2.5 million fine from the NBA. The bill would only affect team owners, not players.
I argued in June when the bill was introduced:
Sterling is awful, and I’d love to stick it to him, but it’s a little bit weird to bring the tax code into play here. Fines imposed on franchise owners have been a mixed bag: check out this list at ESPN. Sometimes they are for totally reprehensible behavior, like when Cincinnati Red’s owner Marge Schott said nice things about Hitler, but other times they are for things that concern the league and its politics, like when Michael Jordan and Micky Arison were fined for just talking about the NBA lockout.
I suppose I’m a purist; let’s leave the league governance to the leagues, and the tax code to the legislature. Put another way, I believe in the separation of sports and state.
The bill now goes to the Assembly.
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Tax Exempt Groups Owe IRS Nearly $1 Billion
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Some organizations exempt from paying federal income tax are avoiding paying other taxes too—almost $1 billion worth. That's according to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), which found that more than 64 ...
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Retroactive Marriage Status Allows FICA Benefit Refunds
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Wealth inequality has surged into public discourse this year with the release of works such as Thomas Piketty’s popular Capital in the Twenty-First Century. However, the data social scientist use to measure inequality isn’t an effective tool for the job.
To add to the conversation, we’ve released a new report that examines why using IRS and Census income data can produce skewed results and doesn’t accurately portray wealth inequality in the U.S.
The Flaws with Income Data
The IRS collects data on the incomes of individual taxpayers, and releases some of this data for social science research each year. Piketty and others have used this data to draw conclusions about inequality which they use as cause to call for higher progressivity in the tax code, global wealth taxes, and other solutions to the inequality they perceive.
While it may be true that inequality exists, our report explains why the IRS and Census data used by many are poor measures of one’s overall wellbeing, and therefore not necessarily well-suited for measuring equality in our society.
One issue with using this data is that income over one year is simply a very poor proxy for standard of living. This is in part because of lack of context and in part due to the weaknesses of income measurement itself.
For example, the average taxpayer’s income changes dramatically throughout his lifetime. Students have extremely low incomes, and are therefore mischaracterized by one-year income data. Those same students will possibly be high-income earners by the time they reach their fifties.
Instead of trying to use the IRS to define inequality and administer solutions for it, we should leave it to do the job it's meant to do. Economist Alan Cole writes:
“As an instrument of the federal government, the IRS is best when used for its intended purpose: collecting revenue. It is considerably less effective at creating social justice, which is not something easily determined using a Form 1040 alone. Efforts to fight social inequality would be best undertaken by humane institutions with well-defined purposes and local knowledge of the problems they are designed to handle—not a large centralized bureau built to extract revenue on a mass scale.”
To read the full report: click here
IRS Says Fishing Disaster Aid May be Taxable
The Internal Revenue Service says that fishermen in the Northeast U.S. who received fishery disaster funds may have to pay federal tax on that relief assistance if it's used to replace lost income. The federal taxing authority, in a written statement ...
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