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OECD Seeks Change In Global Taxation

Thanks in part to past concerns that globalization could lead to double taxation, corporations have numerous techniques at their disposal to reduce their tax bills, including the placement of subsidiaries and spinoff holding companies in low-tax jurisdictions.

Lawmakers May Find Consensus on Taxes Overseas

If theres one part of the tax code that both parties want to overhaul sooner rather than later, its taxation of foreign profits.

Oil Producers Plan for Open Crude Exports by 2020

Industry representatives and key lawmakers plan market studies, polls of Americans views and incremental moves on exports to sway public opinion in favor of allowing crude oil exports.

Valentine's Is Not so Sweet for Florists | Commentary

Florists count on Valentines Day revenues much like other retailers count on Christmas a good holiday can make or break a shops financial year. To capitalize on an expected increase in business every February, many florists will rent vans or moving trucks to supplement their fleets, move extra stock and make deliveries. Unfortunately, when they do so, florists are forced to pay discriminatory taxes on the trucks they rent.

Trade Policy Is Low-Hanging Fruit for a Bipartisan Win | Commentary

The presidents State of the Union address laid out the White Houses priorities for the coming year and gave policy wonks an indication of what is likely to happen, or not, in the year ahead. While several items in President Barack Obamas remarks, including tax and energy policy initiatives, are unlikely to move ahead in the Republican-controlled Congress, there was one bright spot which may elicit bipartisan cooperation: trade policy.

U.S. Commission of International Religious Freedom: Muslims and Hare Krishnas are Out in Majority-Muslim Azerbaijan | Commentary

As the national debt continues to spiral, now at more than $17 trillion, Congress should be commended for investigating wastes of tax payer money such as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America both media organizations shown to have clearly gone off the rails, either working against U.S. allies or directly supporting our nations enemies. Perhaps the next target for Congress cross hairs should be the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Is the IRS Ready for Some Football? | Commentary

The IRS has a tough job ahead. The agency is in the process of writing a rule that could clarify the definition of political activity for nonprofits, making it harder to game the system and push millions of undisclosed dollars into our elections while also making it easier for nonprofits to navigate and easier for the IRS to enforce the rules.

Corporations Won't Wait for Tax Reform, So Why Should Congress? | Commentary

President Barack Obama last week called on Congress to close tax loopholes that allow some corporations to avoid paying their fair share of taxes at the expense of hardworking Americans.

Federal Debt: The Value Obama Didn't Address | Commentary

Under Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution, the Founding Fathers indicated the president must brief Congress with information about and recommendations for the union. To me, this tradition represents an act of transparency, yet the president was not transparent about the federal governments true debt in his State of the Union Address.

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Obama's Capital Gains Tax Plan Would Hit Hill's Richest, Spare 2016 Aspirants

President Barack Obama pitched his proposal to increase the top capital gains and dividend tax rate to 28 percent from 23.8 percent as part of a simpler, fairer tax code that would favor the middle class. The proposed tax increase is designed to fall on the wealthy.

True Tax Reform Must Be a Full Overhaul of the Code | Commentary

The 114th Congress is just days old, and the acrimony between the parties seems to be as intense as ever, with one major exception tax reform. This is one of just a few policy areas capable of attracting support from both parties on both ends of Pennsylvania. Expect to hear about it in President Barack Obamas State of the Union address and expect the issue to be a hot topic at each partys upcoming congressional retreat. After this era of globalized economies, policymakers have precious few tools for growing the economy and boosting wages for American workers. But tax reform is one of them.

White House's New Bonds Seek to Attract Private Investment

The White Houses effort to promote public-private partnerships for infrastructure is the latest effort to tap the private sector for funds in an era of tight fiscal constraints. The outcome, if successful, could raise billions of dollars for investment in transportation projects with relatively little fiscal effect on the government.

Tax Reform in 2015: Will it Be Purposeful or a Parody? | Commentary

As the newly installed Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., convenes his first House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Tuesday about policies to boost our economy, undoubtedly, tax reform will be a top priority.

One Year After 'Traffic Problems,' Idea of 'President Christie' As Scary as Ever | Commentary

They were the eight words that turned New Jersey politics and the 2016 Republican presidential primary upside down.

FDR Would Have Supported the TPP; Congress Should, Too | Commentary

On Dec. 7, we remembered the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 63 years ago, an event that fundamentally transformed Americas role in the world from isolationist to global superpower. That tragic day firmly entrenched America in an important and sustained engagement in East Asia that lasts to this day.

Internet, Email Taxes Could Become Reality if Lawmakers Fail to Act | Commentary

If certain members of Congress and President Barack Obama have their way, 2014 may very well be remembered as the year we started taxing the Internet. The good news is that the passage of Internet sales tax legislation appears unlikely at least for the moment. The bad news is there are still two far reaching and potentially expensive measures under consideration that pose a serious threat to the Internet as Americans now know it.

Lift the Oil Export Ban to Avoid Crude Awakening for U.S. | Commentary

In Congress, there are essentially three kinds of laws: Those that achieve their intended goals; those that dont; and those that by flaw of design or implementation somehow do the complete opposite of what they intended.

The Most Bipartisan and Popular Bill Sits Before Congress: It's Time to Pass It | Commentary

For the past eight years, I have been working to pass the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (HR 647, S 133), legislation that will lead to a brighter future for millions of Americans living with disabilities. Commonly referred to as the ABLE Act, the bill opens this door by amending the tax code to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. And, in so doing, it provides them with the same type of financial planning tool available to other Americans.

Boehner's Stand on Internet Taxes: The Right Choice for the Right Reasons | Commentary

House Speaker John A. Boehners decision to oppose an Internet sales tax measure championed by Senate Democrats and Republicans in the lame duck session is not just good politics, but also good policy in light of the efforts the House Judiciary Committee has already made toward developing an alternative that would treat all kinds of retailers fairly and equally.

Every Day Counts: Capital Standards Bill Needs to go to the President Now | Commentary

Ten-thousand Americans will celebrate their 65th birthday today. And 10,000 more tomorrow. And every single day after that for the next 15 years.

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