The past week has been nearly nonstop with news on various fronts of a dispute over taxation of digital businesses. The main characters have been the U.S., France, and the UK, although the EU and the OECD have also played roles. Though the dust is still settling, it is worth trying to tie the various
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Seth Klarman Getty Images Billionaire hedge fund manager Seth Klarman defended value investing, saying in a letter to clients that several factors, including the proliferation of passive investing, have created market mispricings that will soon lead to a payoff for the long underperforming strategy. Klarman, the CEO of the Baupost Group, said his fund posted
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Key Findings A broad-based financial transaction tax (FTT)­ in the United States would be a substantial revenue source. For example, the Inclusive Prosperity Act proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), with an FTT levied at 0.5 percent on stocks, 0.1 percent on bonds, and .005 percent on derivatives, has been estimated to raise between approximately
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Since the 2008 financial crisis, financial transaction taxes (FTTs) have been debated as a potential instrument to address financial market instabilities and as a source for tax revenue. Today’s map shows which European OECD countries impose a type of FTT. FTTs are levied on the trade in financial instruments such as stocks, bonds, or derivatives.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden (L) greets Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) before the Democratic presidential primary debate at Drake University on January 14, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Scott Olson | Getty Images Top Democratic presidential candidates all want to boost Social Security benefits. But two of the candidates — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and
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Key Findings A lookback charge is in addition to traditional income taxes due on the realization of a capital gain. In an ideal setting, the lookback charge eliminates the benefit of deferral and removes the “lock-in” effect, a design flaw in the current system of realization-based taxation of capital gains. Taxing capital gains with a
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Key Findings: The American nicotine market is developing faster than ever due to introduction of non-combustible recreational nicotine products. These new products, along with a greater consciousness about the dangers of smoking, have prompted millions to give up smoking. This contributed to federal and state excise tax collections on tobacco products declining since 2010. Excise
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