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The following are links to major stories from The Washington Post about tax policy and the IRS overhaul. Most recent stories are listed first in each category.

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IRS Overhaul

Clinton Signs IRS Overhaul Into Law
July 23, 1998
President Clinton signed the IRS overhaul into law, enacting voter-friendly rules intended to curb the excesses of overzealous tax collectors.

IRS Overhaul Set To Pass
June 25, 1998
Congressional tax writers reached final agreement on the most extensive overhaul of the Internal Revenue Service in nearly half a century. The costly bill will restructure the IRS and provide taxpayers with broad new rights in dealing with the agency.

Compromise on IRS Reform Reported Near
June 20, 1998
Leaders of the two congressional tax-writing committees said they have reached agreement on major portions of a bill that would fundamentally overhaul the Internal Revenue Service and strengthen taxpayers' rights in dealing with the agency.

Senate Passes IRS Overhaul
May 8, 1998
The Senate voted unanimously to approve the most far-reaching overhaul of the Internal Revenue Service in more than 45 years, responding to a political outcry over alleged abuses by IRS agents and managers.

'Outraged' Clinton Vows IRS Overhaul
May 3, 1998
Calling himself "outraged" by the latest reports of abusive tax agents, President Clinton pledged new efforts to overhaul the Internal Revenue Service and tame what he said has "seemed to be an unaccountable, downright tone-deaf agency."

IRS Hearings to Focus on Alleged Improper Conduct, Bias
April 28, 1998
Senate Finance Committee hearings into the Internal Revenue Service will focus on alleged improper conduct by criminal investigators, racial discrimination, favoritism and other agency management issues.
Hearings Coverage: Day One | Day Two | Day Three | Day Four

Moving a Mountain of Paper Taxes the IRS
April 12, 1998
For most of their journey, tax returns are processed with tools that are distinctly 19th century, as workers shovel mountains of paper in a mass scramble to sort, record, type and file.

An IRS Under Siege Walks a Fine Dotted Line
February 6, 1998
Berated by Congress, resented by taxpayers and threatened by computer problems, the IRS enters this year's return-filing season facing a task that may be impossible.

Rossotti Promises Reorganized IRS
January 29, 1998
Promising "a new day" at the embattled Internal Revenue Service, the agency's recently appointed chief told the Senate Finance Committee that he would reorganize the IRS from top to bottom.

A Struggling IRS Collects Its Fair Share of Problems
April 14, 1997
The IRS's well-publicized problems have emboldened some critics whose real animus is toward taxes. But the agency has given them plenty of ammunition.

White House Ends Resistance To Hill Plan for IRS Overhaul
October 22, 1997
The Clinton administration abandoned its opposition to a congressional plan for a wide-ranging overhaul of the Internal Revenue Service.

In IRS Abuses, Republicans See A Capital Gain
October 1, 1997
Congressional Republicans said they hope to expand a week of hair-raising allegations of abuse by Internal Revenue Service officials into a larger crusade to remake the nation's entire tax code.

Tax Policy

Gingrich: Slash Top Capital Gains Tax Rate
June 25, 1998
House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) presented a potentially costly plan to slash the top capital gains tax rate on investors for the second time in two years, even as his party frets over how to pay for another election-year promise of major tax relief for married couples.

Congress Tackles Marriage Tax Penalty
June 16, 1998
As House Republicans rally around a proposal to eliminate the tax code's "marriage penalty," some experts are skeptical that this latest round of debate on a long-discussed issue will lead to a lasting solution.

House Votes To End Current Tax Code
June 18, 1998
The House voted 219 to 209 to abolish the current tax code by Dec. 31, 2002, in a largely symbolic act that one of its chief sponsors said would force politicians to make tax reform the centerpiece of the next presidential election.

GOP's Tax Code Termination Act Hits Snag
March 15, 1998
The growing momentum among Republican lawmakers to wipe the current income tax off the books as of Dec. 31, 2001 has hit a major snag: a poll showing that a majority of voters are ready to believe it's a reckless move.

Clinton Estate Tax Proposals Would Slam Middle Class
February 8, 1998
President Clinton's budget would throw traditional estate planning into disarray and cut the government in for a much larger slice of upper middle class families' wealth.

On the Hill, Taking Aim At Tax Code
January 21, 1998
It's open season on the tax code as influential leaders from both parties proposed dramatic and dramatically different changes in the way Americans would pay taxes.

Clinton Won't Offer A Tax Plan
December 21, 1997
The White House has decided against offering any major proposals to cut or simplify taxes in its forthcoming election-year budget, gambling that it can successfully counter Republican plans by portraying them as regressive and irresponsible.

Would Changes at the IRS Affect You? That Depends
October 26, 1997
There will be long-term effects and short-term effects; there will be an impact on your day-to-day dealings with the IRS, and there will be an impact on your legal rights if you get into a dispute with the agency.

House Backs Education Tax Break for Grades K-12
October 24, 1997
The House approved legislation that will allow parents to set up tax-favored savings accounts to pay for education-related costs for children in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Home Tax Break Comes at a Big Cost for U.S., States
October 4, 1997
The annual cost of the new capital gains cuts for home sellers included in the 1997 federal tax bill finally have been toted up: Homeowners will pocket about $600 million from the bill in 1997, and upwards of another $5 billion during the following nine years.

Outnumbered, Outvoted, Out of Clout on the Hill
August 1, 1997
The balanced budget deal all but ignores one large but politically disorganized section of the population: the millions of single, working young adults across the nation obscured by baby boomers and elderly voters.

Tax Cuts Across the Spectrum
August 1, 1997
The new tax package rewards two broad groups of taxpayers: middle-income families with children under age 17 or students continuing their education beyond high school, and households who receive a substantial portion of their income from capital gains.

Tax Reduction Targets Specific Groups, Behaviors
July 30, 1997
The reductions in the $94 billion tax cut deal announced by Congress and the White House are aimed at specific groups of people and types of behavior that leaders of both parties wish to encourage.

Debate Over Tax Cut Centers on Fairness Issue
July 21, 1997
Because Democrats and Republicans know voters have strong opinions about who does and doesn't deserve a tax break, the battle over how to divvy up the money rages on.

Tax Bills Open Way for Policy Initiatives
June 30, 1997
Lawmakers are seeking to expand the huge tax and spending bills to include major policy initiatives that go far beyond the original deal between President Clinton and congressional leaders to balance the federal budget.

Small Interests Targeted for Big Tax Breaks
June 29, 1997
Clinging like barnacles to the House and Senate tax plans are scores of detailed proposals to slash taxes for a variety of narrow interests, including bakery companies, apple cider distillers, low-income farmers, luxury boaters, sky-diving instructors and even whaling captains.

President, GOP Agree on Balanced Budget Plan
May 3, 1997
President Clinton and Republican congressional leaders announced agreement on a plan to balance the budget by 2002 and cut taxes, resolving a debate over federal spending that has dominated the nation's politics for more than two years.

How Business Found Benefits in Wage Bill
February 11, 1997
Congress has given billions in tax breaks to industries and interest groups that contribute heavily to congressional campaigns.

Education Aid at What Cost? Clinton's $50 Billion Plan Has Skeptics Even on Campus
February 3, 1997
It would be a federal gift of staggering proportions: tax breaks, loan cuts, tuition grants and new scholarships, all designed to ease paying for college. But critics say the plan is not prudent.

Dole's Economic Package to Feature Major Tax Cut
July 23, 1996
Bob Dole has decided to propose a major tax cut as the centerpiece of his economic growth package.

On the Road to a Flat Tax, a Curve or Two
January 21, 1996
A leading accounting firm's analysis of the approach suggests flat-tax math is far from simple.

Favored Few Stand to Gain from Republican Tax Cuts
December 24, 1995
Embedded in the $240 billion package of tax cuts demanded by congressional Republicans are provisions tailored to benefit a relatively small number of businesses and wealthy households.

Flat Tax Proposals Take Center Stage
September 3, 1995
A push to replace the current income tax system with a "flat tax" is gaining momentum among Republicans in Washington. Proponents say it would wipe out loopholes and vastly simplify the average American's tax filing procedure.

Will the Republicans Trip Over Tax Reform?
August 13, 1995
Strategists are warning that GOP efforts to push tax reform to the top of their political agenda for the 1996 elections could backfire by appearing to hand new benefits to wealthy Americans.

Tax Reform Falling Prey to Tax Cuts
December 18, 1994
The consensus around tax reform and simplification is crumbling as Clinton and the Congress rush to propose a raft of tax benefits.

Clinton's Social Safety Net: A Bigger Tax Credit
March 6, 1993
President Clinton has proposed to double the annual cost of the earned income tax credit plan by 1997 in an effort to offset the effect of energy taxes on low-income Americans.

How to Aid 'Working Poor'? Tax Credit Serves as a Lifeline but Has Its Critics
April 15, 1993
Few experts dispute the effectiveness of the earned income tax credit, the government's principal tool to enhance the income of "working poor" families with children. Yet the program has weaknesses.

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