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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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When Congress voted in December to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s “Cadillac tax” on high-cost employer-sponsored health insurance plans (ESI), it took health policy in exactly the wrong direction. Rather than fully preserving the exclusion from taxable income of these insurance benefits, Congress should have further scaled it back, or even repealed it. That step
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I have interviewed many companies across the country in many sectors, from the largest multinationals to small and midsized enterprises. My focus was on whether and how these businesses are evaluating their tax operating models and reconsidering how their tax teams approach increasing regulatory, talent, technology and other challenges in order to build a future-ready
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Global index and fund provider MSCI said Tuesday that investors need to more readily integrate ESG metrics, or a company’s environmental, social and governance factors, into investing philosophies. “We are sounding the alarm bells that if you are an investment institution and you’re not embracing this and taking it into account, it’s going to be
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Massachusetts policymakers should reform the Commonwealth’s corporate excise tax to make it a simpler, more neutral revenue tool conducive to better economic growth. In our previous blog post, we looked at three provisions of the corporate excise tax that impact C corporations and recommended that Massachusetts adopt a consistent corporate apportionment formula, cap, or eliminate
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