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December 19, 2014 - 10:49 AM EST
Tax Reform on Steroids: A Progressive VAT to Appease Conservatives?
by Robert Goulder
A U.S. senator has introduced tax reform legislation that would fundamentally transform how Americans pay for the cost of government. The bill would slash the corporate rate in half and exempt most Americans from the income tax. And it would do all this without exploding the deficit. But there's a catch.
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December 18, 2014 - 9:03 AM EST
Did Next Year’s Holiday Gift Shopping Just Get Easier?
by Clint Stretch
President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba may add Cuban cigars and Cuban rum to next year’s holiday gift possibilities. This would certainly make life easier for anyone who wants to give me a gift, and I suspect I’m not alone.
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December 17, 2014 - 11:44 AM EST
A Champion for Tax Reform
by Cara Griffith
Robert Plattner, the State Tax Notes person of the year, deserves recognition for consistently championing tax reform.
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December 16, 2014 - 9:34 AM EST
Slashed Budget Shows IRS's Failure to Build Political Support
by Jeremy Scott
Over the weekend the Democrat-controlled Senate agreed to an omnibus spending bill that included deep reductions to IRS funding. For the last few years, the nation's tax collector has thumbed its nose at conservatives, and now the bill for that action has finally come due.
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December 15, 2014 - 12:33 PM EST
Will Orrin Hatch Lead on Tax Reform?
by Martin A. Sullivan
We got a tax reform report from the staff of the incoming chair of the Senate Finance Committee. What we really need is a bill from the chairman.
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December 10, 2014 - 1:30 PM EST
Wall Street Journal Prefers Ignorance to Expertise
by Joseph J. Thorndike
The Wall Street Journal wants to banish expertise from Capitol Hill – at least when it comes to economic policy. In a defiantly anti-intellectual editorial, the paper suggested recently that Congress abolish both the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation.
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December 10, 2014 - 9:28 AM EST
Mississippi’s Very Good Idea to Help its Poor
by David Brunori
Mississippi's proposed plan to create a 15 percent earned income tax credit for low-income working families is a very good idea.
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September 25, 2014 - 2:15 PM EDT
The Hobgoblin of Little Minds
by Christopher Bergin
The Obama Administration has been working feverishly all summer to create a scary new Halloween character for this year: the corporate tax inversion.
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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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Tax History: The Top 10 Tax Presidents

Economic Analysis: Looking for Clues in the Hatch Tax Reform Report

News Analysis: Dividend Withholding and Information Access

News Analysis: Supreme Court Docket Is Light on Tax Cases

Court Authorizes John Doe Summonses on FedEx, UPS, Western Union

White House to Release 'Pretty Specific' Tax Reform Proposals

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Hacked Sony E-mails Show Executives Closely Tracking Film Incentives

Economic Analysis: Repeal of SALT Deduction Would Hurt Small Business

Delaware Unclaimed Property Task Force to Release Final Report

Michigan Legislature Approves Sales Tax Ballot Proposal, 'Amazon' Bills

Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board Approves Recertification of 20 States

State Alternative Minimum Taxes Are Poor Policy Choices

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Pascal Saint-Amans -- the Face of BEPS

Robert Stack -- BEPS and the United States

William Morris and Carol Doran Klein -- BEPS and Business

Sol Picciotto -- BEPS and the Developing World

OECD's Discussion Draft on Transfer Pricing Goes Beyond Arm's Length

India Signs First Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreement

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December 22, 2014
Pascal Saint-Amans -- the Face of BEPS
by Stephanie Soong Johnston
If there were such a thing as a tax celebrity, then Pascal Saint-Amans, director of the OECD's Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTPA), would be an A-lister. He fits the part well with his French accent, stylish glasses, finely tailored suits, and magnetic personality. However, it's his role in overseeing the OECD's base erosion and profit-shifting project -- arguably the most high-profile international tax reform initiative in recent history -- that is turning heads and grabbing headlines, as well as making him TNI's person of the year.

December 22, 2014
Hacked Sony E-mails Show Executives Closely Tracking Film Incentives
by Brian Bardwell
The recent hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment resulted in the public release of large amounts of data about the company's tax practices; a cache of e-mails from Sony Pictures Entertainment shows that studio executives at the highest levels are constantly tracking changes in the availability and use of film incentives.

December 22, 2014
Robert Stack -- BEPS and the United States
by Kristen Parillo
As the lead U.S. delegate to the OECD's Committee on Fiscal Affairs, Robert Stack, Treasury deputy assistant secretary (international tax affairs), has the daunting task of defending the U.S. position while also trying to find consensus on tough policy issues.

December 22, 2014
Sol Picciotto -- BEPS and the Developing World
by David D. Stewart
Lending his voice to the cause of leveling the playing field for developing countries, Sol Picciotto, senior adviser to the Tax Justice Network and coordinator of the BEPS Monitoring Group, has emerged as a key contributor to the OECD's work to curb international tax avoidance. The BEPS Monitoring Group brings together specialists on international taxation to collaborate on comments to the OECD and ensure that the concerns of developing countries are heard throughout the process.

December 22, 2014
William Morris and Carol Doran Klein -- BEPS and Business
by Amanda Athanasiou and Margaret Burow
The business community's participation in the OECD's base erosion and profit-shifting project reveals divided opinions about BEPS. "Some are quite angry that settled tax rules are being overturned," while others feel that the project can provide emerging economies the opportunity to participate in "a new and hopefully more stable international tax regime," said William Morris, chair of the Taxation and Fiscal Policy Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC). No one knows the importance of business's participation in the process better than Morris and Carol Doran Klein of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), both of whom have played an influential role in the BEPS discussions on behalf of business this year.

December 15, 2014
Person of the Year
State Tax Notes is pleased to announce its annual year in review edition, featuring person of the year, given to the individual or organization that had the most influence on state tax policy and practice. The editorial staff has compiled a list of the best in our profession.

December 11, 2014
Marketplace Fairness Act Dead This Year, but Chaffetz Promises New Bill
by Jennifer DePaul
Although the Marketplace Fairness Act is effectively dead for this year, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, plans to introduce a separate bill to replace it after the New Year that he says addresses concerns from conservative members of Congress.

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