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  • FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks during the fourth U.S. Democratic presidential candidates 2020 election debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio U.S.

    Pushing Back Against the Wealth Tax at the Dem Debate

    By Michael Rainey

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren defended her proposed wealth tax at the Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night: “I’m tired of freeloading billionaires,” Warren said . “I think it's time that we ask...

  • Social Security and Medicare taxes

    Democrat's New Taxes Wouldn't Hit Just Billionaires

    By Michael Rainey

    Some Democratic tax proposals are focused on making millionaires and billionaires pay more, but other households would be affected as well. Neil Irwin of The New York Times points out Tuesday that...

  • A security camera hangs near a corner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington

    An Easy Way to Get $1 Trillion More in Tax Revenue?

    By Michael Rainey

    The first step in reforming the U.S. tax system doesn’t involve raising rates or eliminating deductions, say former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and Penn Law professor Natasha Sarin. Instead,...

  • FedEx cuts forecast as air freight weakness hits profit

    FedEx Battles New York Times Over Trump’s Tax Cuts

    By Michael Rainey

    The New York Times published a piece Saturday highlighting the huge windfall FedEx received from the 2017 GOP tax cuts — and the company’s CEO isn’t happy with the analysis. According to the Times,...

  • FILE PHOTO - Visitors attend the 26th Monaco Yacht show in Monte Carlo port

    Tax Break for Poor Neighborhoods Is Helping Build a Superyacht Marina

    By Michael Rainey

    The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created special “opportunity zones” that give investors generous tax breaks in exchange for investing in low-income neighborhoods. The purpose of the tax law is “to...

  • Amazon unveils effort to develop original TV shows

    Amazon Pulls the Plug on NYC Headquarters

    By Michael Rainey

    Amazon is canceling its plan to build a corporate campus in New York City, the company announced Thursday. The decision comes following months of local criticism of the project, in which the company...

  • The Great Debt Debate: How Dangerous Is It?

    By Michael Rainey

    MIT economist Olivier Blanchard caused a stir in fiscal circles last month with an academic paper suggesting that current levels of public debt may be less worrisome than many experts think (see our...

  • Eighty-four percent of Americans receiving refunds intend to pay down debt, save or invest.

    Why Smaller Tax Refunds Could Ding the Economy

    By Michael Rainey

    Although tax season has only just begun, early data from the IRS shows that the average individual tax refund is 8.4 percent smaller so far this year. Some critics have been quick to blame the...

  • A security camera hangs near a corner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington

    Shutdown Makes a Bad Situation Worse at the IRS

    By Michael Rainey

    A new report from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson says that the 35-day government shutdown just before the start of the tax season produced “real harm” for taxpayers as the IRS struggled to...

  • Goldman Sachs Projects Deficit Will Top $1 Trillion Next Year

    The Congressional Budget Office projected last month that the federal budget deficit for this year would be about $900 billion , up 15 percent from last year but about $84 billion less than it had...

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