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Sam Goldfarb


Sam Goldfarb covers tax policy and other economics issues. He joined CQ in 2010 as a House leadership reporter, and before that he was a staff writer at Tax Analysts.

Sam grew up in the suburbs of New York City. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, where he received a master's in journalism. He currently lives in Washington, DC.

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Stories by Sam Goldfarb:

Restructuring the IRS May Carry Liabilities

May 31, 2013

Congress has tried before to improve functions at the IRS, but has gotten only mixed results.

For Lawmakers and IRS, Declarations of Dependence Are Long-Standing

May 31, 2013

In January, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp came forward with a bold idea to change the way financial derivatives are taxed.

Lerner to Invoke the Fifth, Former IRS Commissioner Describes 'Dismay'

May 21, 2013

The IRS official in charge of the division accused of improperly targeting conservative groups will invoke her Fifth Amendment rights against compelled self-incrimination at a committee hearing Wednesday, a sign of concern that the political controversy is heading into the criminal arena.

Shulman, IRS Officials Heading to Congressional Firing Line This Week

May 21, 2013

Current and former IRS officials will face a barrage of questions this week as they testify before Congress about the agency’s scrutiny of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

For Troubled IRS Division, Scandal Was Years in the Making

May 16, 2013

The breakdown in IRS management that led the agency into a scandal over the improper targeting of conservative groups began with long-standing problems at the division that oversees tax-exempt organizations, according to interviews with former IRS officials.

Camp, House Republicans Consider Testing Tough Politics of Tax Overhaul

May 9, 2013

As House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp gets closer to introducing a major rewrite of the tax code, the question of how the legislation will play politically is looming larger than ever.

Republicans Consider Tying Ambitious Tax Overhaul to Debt Limit Talks

April 29, 2013

House Republicans are discussing plans to bring an overhaul of the tax code into an upcoming fight with President Barack Obama over raising the debt ceiling, but they do not see a tax rewrite as a substitute for the big spending cuts they also hope to achieve.

Door to a Consumption Tax Remains Closed, for Now

March 8, 2013

As the economy has slumped and budget deficits have skyrocketed, lawmakers from both parties have expressed new interest in stabilizing the national debt and restructuring the tax code to make it more conducive to economic growth. That’s led some to give serious consideration to policies that were once thought unthinkable.

History Provides Value-Added Examples

March 8, 2013

Although value-added taxes often are linked with Europe in the American imagination, the VAT is pretty much a universal phenomenon beyond U.S. borders.

Group Urges States to Take Lead in Offshore Tax Crackdown

Feb. 5, 2013

A consumer advocacy group is urging states to get ahead of Congress in cracking down on offshore tax avoidance that costs states an estimated $40 billion in annual revenue.

Washington's Tax Compromise May Raise Reconciliation Possibility

Jan. 11, 2013

Of all the consequences of the compromise tax package that made it into law, one that’s been overlooked is that it may be easier for Democrats to raise taxes in the future, if they can win a majority in the House while maintaining control of the Senate and the White House.

House Fiscal Alternative Amendment Would Revive GOP Spending Cuts

Jan. 1, 2013

House Republican leaders put forward a measure they’ve pushed out before, a bill to replace the sequester with new spending reductions, as a way to offset part of the cost of the fiscal deal that the Senate sent to the House early Tuesday morning.

For Tax Measures, Deadlines Extend Beyond Midnight

Dec. 31, 2012

Although fiscal cliff clocks in Washington were counting down on Monday toward midnight, the tax provisions hanging in the balance face a series of deadlines over the next few days.

Senate Leaders Press Effort at Eleventh-Hour Tax Compromise

Dec. 29, 2012

Congressional negotiators raced Saturday to write a compromise fiscal package that would limit the effect of tax increases due to take effect Jan. 1 while pushing many important decisions about the federal budget into the new year.

Reid, McConnell Launch New Effort To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Dec. 28, 2012

The Senate’s top two leaders are making a last-ditch effort to avoid the across-the-board tax increases scheduled to take effect Tuesday.

Treasury Department Taking Action to Avoid Hitting Debt Limit

Dec. 26, 2012

The U.S. government is approaching the limit of its borrowing authority and will begin taking “extraordinary measures” to delay a vote by Congress on increasing the debt ceiling, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said in a letter Wednesday to congressional leaders.

Congress, Obama Return to Washington With No Clear Path to Fiscal Cliff Deal

Dec. 26, 2012

Amid growing public pessimism that a fiscal cliff compromise is possible and uncertainty in Washington about where it would even begin, Congress is preparing to make a last attempt to act before large automatic tax increases and automatic spending cuts take effect.

Norquist Backs Boehner Tax Plan in Split With Conservative Groups

Dec. 19, 2012

Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist gave his approval Wednesday to the House Republicans’ “plan B” approach to allow tax rates to go up on household income above $1 million, even as other conservative groups condemned the plan and urged GOP lawmakers to vote “no.”

For Corporate Tax Overhaul, Big Risks, Big Rewards

Dec. 12, 2012

If there were any question that a top-to-bottom rewrite of the tax system was on the agenda for 2013, it was removed late Tuesday, when news leaked that the White House had offered to accelerate an overhaul of the corporate tax system as part of a larger deficit reduction agreement.

Tax Politics Turns Upside Down

Dec. 12, 2012

A Rip Van Winkle character who went to sleep three years ago and just woke up in late 2012 might hear the things Republicans have been saying about taxes recently and think the world has turned upside down.

Obama Includes Corporate Tax Overhaul in Fiscal Cliff Offer

Dec. 11, 2012

The White House deficit reduction plan sent to House Republicans this week included a proposal to accelerate an overhaul of the corporate tax system as part of a larger agreement, according to a person familiar with negotiations between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner.

Democrats Push Hard on Fiscal Deal

Nov. 27, 2012

Democratic leaders emboldened by this year’s electoral victories are driving a hard bargain on a potential deficit reduction package, pushing to raise taxes significantly in a short time period, while resisting major spending cuts as part of an agreement during the lame-duck session.

Railroad Maintenance: One Tax Credit That Is All but Permanent

Nov. 27, 2012

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. might not generate nearly as much revenue as the large freight carriers such as Union Pacific Corp., but the regional railroad company has carved out a lucrative operation by buying up short-line railroads that connect businesses to the country’s major, cross-continental rail networks.

Republicans Eye Tax Overhaul Tactics

Nov. 1, 2012

Mitt Romney has not filled in details of what the tax code would look like if he wins the presidential election, but conservatives in Washington, D.C., are formulating ambitious plans for how to get an overhaul through Congress.

Efforts for Plan to Avoid Fiscal Cliff Pick Up Speed

Oct. 21, 2012

With the days counting down to the lame-duck session, efforts to devise a bipartisan plan to avoid the fiscal cliff are taking on new urgency in the Senate.

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