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U.S. is Long Overdue for a Wealth Tax

The federal tax code taxes income derived from work at higher rates than income from wealth, e.g. capital gains and real estate investments. This paper from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth explores how the nation could implement a wealth tax and how such a tax could address economic inequality. Wealth taxation: An introduction to […]

How States Can Recoup $17 Billion Lost to Corporate Tax Havens

This report from Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, U.S. PIRG, and American Sustainable Business Council provides a roadmap for states to collect $17 billion lost annually to corporations stashing profits in tax havens. Report: A Simple Fix for a $17 Billion Loophole Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Jan. 17, 2019

Long-Term Trends and The Racial Wealth Gap

Black families have substantially less wealth than white families. This paper by the Institute for Policy Studies examines public policies that facilitated white families’ ability to grow wealth while impeding it for black families.

How to Develop More Equitable State Tax Systems

This quick-start guide from Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) distills Who Pays? findings into a set of policy recommendations – from the foundational to the aspirational – that residents of every state can draw from and start work on now. Moving Toward More Equitable State Tax Systems Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Jan. 9, […]

Corporate Subsidy Tracker

Subsidy Tracker is the first national search engine for economic development subsidies and other forms of government financial assistance to business. With the introduction of Subsidy Tracker 2, users also can see how much state or community dollars are spent on economic development tax breaks. Subsidy Tracker Good Jobs First

Votes Are in: 2018 Tax Battle at the Polls

The 2017 tax law was so incredibly unpopular that its GOP backers in Congress eventually shied away from touting it during their 2018 election campaigns. In this piece, Americans for Tax Fairness looks at both state and national analysis of tax policy messaging and how voters responded. Analysis of Tax Issues in the 2018 Federal […]

TCJA: The Evidence (or Lack Thereof) Is In

By now, it’s well known that the 2017 tax law did not deliver on its false promise to boost the middle class. This blog post by the Economic Policy Institute debunks some of the rosy rhetoric about the tax law’s so-called benefits for ordinary people. Further evidence that the tax cuts have not led to […]

Lack of Equitable Growth Widens Racial Wealth Gap

“Efforts to reduce discrimination, equalize access to education, ensure equal treatment by the legal system, and otherwise end racial stratification should continue since they seem to be making real, if slow, progress. But these policies should be paired with broader economic policies to end wage stagnation for Americans of all races and, in so doing, […]

Wealthy Benefit Most From Decades of Tax Cuts

All income groups received tax cuts, but Bush-era provisions ensured the well-off gained more than others. Some progressive tax changes under Obama reduced the share of tax cuts to the wealthiest, but they continued to benefit most. Federal Tax Cuts in the Bush, Obama, and Trump Years Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, July 11, […]