tax-policy

Obama won’t talk about the biggest thing he’s done to fix inequality: Raise taxes

Other initiatives may help close the gap over time. This one's in effect right now.

A Republican senator has a tax plan to grow the 47 percent

Utah's Mike Lee wants to add a new child tax credit, which could help many families escape income taxes entirely.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 18, 2013

You give religions more than $82.5 billion a year

Let's say we got rid of every tax advantage churches currently enjoy. The revenue implications would be pretty huge.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 22, 2013

The true-life story of a baby born early to dodge taxes

One of DC's most accomplished budget wonks was born in December rather than January for tax reasons.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 14, 2013

Americans are having babies early to save on their taxes

$1,000 more in per-child tax benefits increase the odds of babies being born in December rather than January by 1 percent, a new study finds.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 12, 2013

The case for cutting the link between taxes and marriage

Edie Windsor's newly recognized marriage saved her hundreds of thousands of dollars. Why should marriage matter that much for taxes?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 27, 2013

Do low taxes on the rich leave the middle-class with lower wages?

Andrew Fieldhouse of EPI says less progressive taxes alone don't explain the huge rise in inequality in recent years. But what low tax rates spur rich people to do might explain more of it.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 14, 2013

Surprise! When the rich get richer, taxes go lower

Surprise! When the rich get richer, taxes go lower

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 28, 2013

Do millionaires move to avoid high taxes?

Conservatives in Britain are blaming Labour's high tax rate for millionaires for causing the rich to flee. But the evidence suggests that doesn't actually happen.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 28, 2012

Should the top tax rate be 73 percent?

Two factions of economists are arguing over whether we should have sky-high marginal rates. Here's what you need to know.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 27, 2012

INTERACTIVE: Make President Obama’s tax plan add up!

Wednesday you got to do the math on Mitt Romney's tax plan. Today you get to do the math on President Obama's -- and on Simpson-Bowles.

  • Dylan Matthews and Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 1, 2012

Making Work Pay vs. the payroll tax cut, in two charts

The administration's new proposal is basically equivalent to half the payroll tax holiday, but is better targeted at the poor.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 29, 2012

Chart: Mitt Romney’s tax increase on poor Americans

Mitt Romney doesn't just want to cap deductions and lower rates. He also wants to reverse cuts meant to help the poor.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 18, 2012

Who wins under Mitt Romney’s cap plan, in one chart

The cap idea still doesn't pay for Romney's plan, and even if it were adopted, it would mainly benefit the rich.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 17, 2012

Why tax reform could help growth

Past tax reforms might not have increased growth. But more dramatic reforms could.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 16, 2012

How the world taxes, in two charts

The U.S. capital gains tax burden is the fourth highest of developed countries.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 26, 2012

The Chicago Teachers Union has a plan to fix the city’s schools. But it’s pricey.

The Chicago Teachers union has laid out in detail what it wants to do to fix schools. It'll cost over $700 million.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 13, 2012

The Romney tax plan, in one chart

The top 0.1 percent see incomes that are 8.6 percent higher without paying for the rate cuts, and 4.4 percent higher if they're fully financed. Meanwhile, the bottom 95 percent of taxpayers see incomes fall by 1.1 percent if the rate cuts are paid for by cutting tax breaks.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 1, 2012
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