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Ezra Klein Archive: Taxes

The Obama administration has raised some taxes and cut many others. They should admit that.

"I didn't raise taxes once," Barack Obama told Bill O'Reilly on Sunday. "I lowered taxes over the last two years." That's, well, half true. The Obama administration has raised taxes. The excise tax on high-value health-care insurance, for instance, is...

By Ezra Klein  | February 8, 2011; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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One man's loophole is another man's R&D tax credit

"So tonight, I’m asking Democrats and Republicans to simplify the system. Get rid of the loopholes. Level the playing field. And use the savings to lower the corporate tax rate for the first time in 25 years -- without adding...

By Ezra Klein  | February 7, 2011; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Why corporate tax reform will be hard, in one graph

Binyamin Appelbaum, as an addendum to this sobering look at the realities of corporate tax reform, points to the work of NYU's Aswath Damodaran, who has compiled a rough estimate of the effective tax rates in various industries. You might...

By Ezra Klein  | January 28, 2011; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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The welfare state for the middle class

I can't wholeheartedly recommend Pew's tax expenditure database as, at this point, it's missing such tax expenditures as the exclusion for employer-sponsored health-care insurance, and that's a bit like having the World Cup without inviting Brazil. They say that'll be...

By Ezra Klein  | January 5, 2011; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Why we're not likely to get tax reform

There's no issue that lends itself to as many applause lines as tax reform. At about 70,000 pages, the tax code is both intrinsically absurd and widely disliked. Rep. Dave Camp, the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means...

By Ezra Klein  | December 27, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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The 111th's biggest loser: Tax policy

The real loser of the 111th Congress has been tax policy. Most other issues the Congress took on, for all the compromises and inadequacies and delays, were moved forward. Tax policy was moved backwards. The most egregious thing about the...

By Ezra Klein  | December 21, 2010; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Older Entries in This Category »

How much is $250,000?, Ezra Klein , December 20, 2010
An incoherent Congress, Ezra Klein , December 17, 2010
An estate tax primer, Ezra Klein , December 15, 2010
Why the tax deal might fail, Ezra Klein , December 14, 2010
Time for tax reform?, Ezra Klein , December 10, 2010
The tax deal in one graph, Ezra Klein , December 9, 2010
Mark Zandi on the tax cut deal, Ezra Klein , December 8, 2010
What were the other possible tax cut deals?, Ezra Klein , December 7, 2010
The Bush tax cuts in one chart, Ezra Klein , December 6, 2010
'Chicken crap' by the numbers, Ezra Klein , December 2, 2010
Your Amazon.com purchases should be taxed, Ezra Klein , November 22, 2010
The magic of a millionaires' bracket, Ezra Klein , November 19, 2010
A carbon tax, not a VAT, Ezra Klein , November 17, 2010
The progressivity of Simpson-Bowles cont'd, Ezra Klein , November 16, 2010
What a clean tax code would look like, Ezra Klein , November 16, 2010
Four possible deals on the Bush tax cuts, Ezra Klein , November 15, 2010
The GOP's tax-cut dilemma, Ezra Klein , November 1, 2010
The tax cut that failed, Ezra Klein , October 21, 2010
How to raise revenues without raising taxes, Ezra Klein , October 11, 2010
The Senate Democrats' disappointing final act, Ezra Klein , September 27, 2010
Our dumb corporate tax system, Ezra Klein , September 27, 2010
Vote on Bush tax cuts likely to come soon, Ezra Klein , September 21, 2010
The Bush tax cuts and 9/11, Ezra Klein , September 21, 2010
The rich are not bad. Just rich., Ezra Klein , September 20, 2010
Invisible spending, Ezra Klein , September 17, 2010
The difference between the parties, Ezra Klein , September 17, 2010
Yes, tax cuts increase the deficit, Ezra Klein , September 15, 2010
The state of play on the Bush tax cuts, Ezra Klein , September 14, 2010
Senate fails small-business owners on 1099 reform, Ezra Klein , September 14, 2010
On tax cuts, Democrats win, deficit loses, Ezra Klein , September 13, 2010
More tax charts!, Ezra Klein , August 18, 2010
Where does the Laffer curve bend?, Dylan Matthews , August 9, 2010
Taxing the super-rich, Ezra Klein , August 9, 2010
What can't the Bush tax cuts do?, Ezra Klein , August 6, 2010
The Republicans' tax cut trap, Ezra Klein , August 4, 2010
Tax cuts and tanks require real money, Ezra Klein , August 2, 2010
Why the Bush tax cuts won't need 60 votes, Ezra Klein , July 19, 2010
More on the Bush tax cuts, Ezra Klein , July 15, 2010
Remembering the 1986 tax reform, Ezra Klein , June 29, 2010
Research desk responds: Tax rates galore!, Ezra Klein , June 17, 2010
The taxman should cometh, Ezra Klein , April 19, 2010
Re: Federal income taxes and the poor, Ezra Klein , April 15, 2010
Do the poor really pay no taxes?, Ezra Klein , April 14, 2010
Making April 15th a better day, Ezra Klein , April 12, 2010
The red state ripoff, Ezra Klein , April 9, 2010
The corporate tax shuffle, Multiplatform Editor , April 6, 2010
Tax-heavy and making plenty cash, Washington Post editor , April 5, 2010
A better consumption tax, Washington Post editor , April 5, 2010
Taxes don't have to be hard, Ezra Klein , March 10, 2010
An idea all deficit hawks should support, Ezra Klein , February 2, 2010
Barney Frank: Hero, Ezra Klein , February 1, 2010
The new bank tax, and beyond, Ezra Klein , January 14, 2010
The magic powers of the word 'tax', Ezra Klein , January 14, 2010
A tale of two taxes, Ezra Klein , January 12, 2010
Death and taxes, Ezra Klein , December 30, 2009
Death and taxes, Ezra Klein , November 23, 2009
HCAN Vs. the Excise Tax, Ezra Klein , October 16, 2009
A Dissent on the New Jobs Tax Credit, Ezra Klein , October 7, 2009
Congress Warms to a Third Stimulus, Ezra Klein , October 7, 2009
Toward the VAT?, Ezra Klein , October 2, 2009
Government Hearts Homeowners, Ezra Klein , September 18, 2009
Is the Housing Tax Credit a Rip-Off?, Ezra Klein , August 28, 2009
Dystopia in the Outlook Section, Ezra Klein , August 10, 2009
How Financial Speculation Can Help America, Ezra Klein , August 3, 2009
The Question of Taxes, Ezra Klein , June 26, 2009
Is It Time for a Consumption Tax?, Ezra Klein , June 12, 2009
 
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