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October 1, 2015 - 8:36 AM EDT
Idaho Legislators Shamed Into Good Behavior
by Cara Griffith
In Idaho, an “ad hoc working group” of legislators came under fire for meeting behind closed doors to discuss tax policy.
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September 30, 2015 - 8:35 AM EDT
A Word of Advice for Legislators of All Stripes
by David Brunori
It’s time for my annual advice column directed to our state legislators. Lawmakers of both parties would benefit from adhering to some common-sense ideals. I did not conceive these ideas. Rather, they were formulated by some of the greatest public finance thinkers.
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September 29, 2015 - 1:43 PM EDT
Trump's Tax Plan Is Pretty Much GOP Orthodoxy
by Jeremy Scott
Well it turns out that Trump isn't really that different from Republicans on taxes after all. The Donald released some details of his proposed tax plan this week and, quite frankly, it doesn't look all that different than what you might expect from a sitting GOP senator or representative.
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September 21, 2015 - 9:21 AM EDT
Donald Buffett?
by Martin A. Sullivan
Two outspoken billionaires at opposite ends of the political spectrum reach the same conclusion.
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September 15, 2015 - 3:46 PM EDT
Litigating FATCA: Rand Paul and Financial Privacy
by Robert Goulder
It’s not every day that a U.S. senator, let alone a presidential candidate, sues the government to suspend the enforcement of a federal tax law. Yet that is exactly what Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is doing. He is one of seven plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.
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September 10, 2015 - 8:37 AM EDT
Don’t Bother Fixing the Tax Code Unless You Fix the IRS Too
by Joseph J. Thorndike
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush wants to fix the nation’s tax law. Which is great – it needs a lot of work. But so far, Bush doesn’t seem very interested in fixing something even more important: the IRS. Because even a good tax law will fail when administered by a bad agency.
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July 24, 2015 - 10:12 AM EDT
Donald Trump Is Contagious!
by Christopher Bergin
I’ve predicted that it will take two years to start a serious discussion of reforming the tax laws and the agency that administers them. After watching Rand Paul’s latest video, I’ve pushed that back a decade.
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September 19, 2014 - 10:07 AM EDT
Renouncing the Dogma of Surrey’s Infallibility
by Ajay Gupta
Treasury’s export of Stanley Surrey’s arm’s-length standard was perhaps the most successful case of ideological conversion in the arena of international tax policy. Even as the United States inches away from that construct, the OECD clings to it with a zeal befitting a convert. Treasury may very well have to renounce the dogma of Surrey’s infallibility before true reform in the global transfer pricing regime can take place.
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July 11, 2014 - 9:39 AM EDT
International Tax Trending
by Mindy Herzfeld
This week’s international tax highlights include Jean-Claude Juncker’s agenda for EU tax policy, changes in the IRS’ international administration, and continued assertiveness by the U.S. and other governments in pursuing tax evasion while BEPS goes into sleep mode.
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News Analysis: FOIA Response Shows Hints of IRS Thinking on OVDP

News Analysis: What Comes After the Swiss Bank Program in Enforcement?

Economic Analysis: Don't Repeal the 'Cadillac' Excise Tax -- Expand It

BB&T Hopes Supreme Court Will Read Economic Substance in STARS

Ryan and Schumer Highway Talks Stall

IRS Begins Process to Update Energy Credit Regs

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California's New Solicitor General to Argue Gillette

Report: Pennsylvania Governor's Tax Proposals Would Mean Higher Taxes for Families

Michigan Bill Would Overhaul Tax Tribunal

State Tax Panel Meeting Addresses Connecticut's Fiscal Competitiveness

Nevada District Court Rules Against Antitax Initiative

Ohio House Ways and Means Committee to Consider New Tax Incentive Proposals

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News Analysis: Don't Take Your Eye Off the EU

Polish Municipal Entities Exempt From VAT, CJEU Holds

Canadian Tax Court Applies GAAR to Disallow Losses Claimed by Energy Company

China Extends Accelerated Depreciation Incentives to More Sectors

Ukraine Clarifies Application of Tax Treaty to Cross-Border Property Sale

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October 1, 2015
EITC Error Rate Reduction a Moving Target
by Tom Kasprzak and David van den Berg
Improper earned income tax credit payments are once again the subject of scrutiny as the Senate Finance Committee is set October 1 to examine the "fragmentation" in the federal bureaucracy it claims is responsible, but the data behind compliance efforts paint a complicated picture for regulating the popular anti-poverty program.

September 30, 2015
Analysts Say Trump Plan Likely to Delight, Not Irk Fund Managers
by Paul C. Barton
For months, billionaire real estate developer and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been likening hedge fund managers to bandits because of how they make out under the tax code, but his tax reform plan, despite claims to the contrary, may actually benefit them, some analysts say.

September 29, 2015
IRS Data Give Peek Into Bonus, Retention Pay at Chief Counsel
by William Hoffman and Tom Kasprzak
IRS data released to Tax Analysts September 17 on performance awards and retention incentives reveal a glimpse at the agency's supplementary compensation patterns for senior executive service and non-bargaining-unit managers at one of its most critical functions.

September 23, 2015
Contest Continues Over IRS Transparency Versus Confidentiality
by William Hoffman
The IRS is seeking a balance it has not yet found between taxpayers' rights to privacy and confidentiality and media and governments' demands for transparency, panelists at Tax Analysts' conference "Tax Transparency: The Good, the Bad, and the Future" said September 22.

September 15, 2015
Sen. Paul Files Lawsuit Challenging FATCA
by William R. Davis and Andrew Velarde
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., along with six current and former U.S. citizens living abroad, filed a lawsuit July 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio challenging the constitutionality of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act and foreign bank account reporting.

September 9, 2015
Theories for Expatriation Numbers Abound, but Answers Elusive
by Andrew Velarde
After three previous quarters of increasing expatriations -- which many attribute to the reporting requirements imposed under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act -- the number of U.S. expatriates dropped considerably for the most recent quarter, which has left some observers with theories but no definitive answers.

September 9, 2015
Judging Candidate-Related 501(c)(4)s Is a Tricky Business
by Paul C. Barton
Eight groups claiming exemption from taxes under section 501(c)(4) are run by political operatives known to be close to 2016 White House contenders, and advocates of campaign finance reform caution that the groups' websites could hide politically oriented purposes that shouldn't qualify for a tax exemption.

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