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Tax the Poor to Promote Growth

In today's Wall Street Journal Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona offers his cure for joblessness (" A Growth Agenda for America "). . . . He wants to lower the corporate rate and flatten the upper-end individuals rates and pay for it by simplifying the code and getting rid of targeted tax breaks...

You Can't Get There From Here

The Economic View in Sunday's New York Times by Harvard economics professor N. Gregory Mankiw ( Capital Gains, Ordinary Income and Shades of Gray ) defending special tax rates for carried interest brought to mind the old joke about a tourist asking a Maine farmer for directions to Augusta... The...

A Time Bomb of a Tax Code

There's a lot of serious news out there - tragedy, health care, a nuclear Iran. It seems the news of the day roars at us. But if you turn down the sound, you can hear it: tick, tick, tick. What is it, you say? It's the federal tax system, and it's set to explode. And if it does, there...

Final Regs on Income Ordering Rules for Payments to Charitable Beneficiaries

For a trust to qualify for the charitable deduction, a charitable contribution must be made from gross income. [ See IRC § 642(c) .] IRC Section 642 requires tracing since the source of the charitable contribution must be gross income rather than principal. The provisions of the governing instrument...

Trust Fund Tax Convictions Affirmed

In United States v. DeMuro, ___ F.3d ___, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 8094 (3d Cir. 2012) , enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers, (Non-subscribers can download the unenhanced official opinion here ), the Demuros, husband and wife, were convicted of "conspiracy to defraud the United States...

Taxing the Rich, and Missing the Point

The hot tax news is that President Obama has proposed extending the so-called Bush tax cuts but only for the middle class, not for the people the President thinks are rich. (If he gets what he wants can we start calling them the Obama tax cuts?) Apparently, the President thinks that families making ...