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Viard explains that tax increases cause the overall price level to rise if they are accommodated by the Federal Reserve. A tax increase is likely to be accommodated only if it significantly reduces the real wages employers are willing to pay, as would be true for the introduction of a large VAT or retail sales tax.
The OECD’s BEPS initiative is a laudable project, but the OECD’s attempts to revise the existing transfer pricing regime may significantly alter the incentives facing multinational taxpayers and national tax authorities.
On the Margin’s fifth annual survey of public opinion about taxes focuses on opinions about the IRS. The agency has received intense public and congressional attention since the May 10 revelation that the Exempt Organizations office targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups for special scrutiny.
In this article, Strain and Viard outline six realities that will likely shape the policy response to the long-run fiscal imbalance: defense spending, entitlements, revenue, consumption taxation, middle-income earners, and bipartisan agreement.
Viard explains that PPL Corp. v. Commissioner highlights the lack of a sound policy reason for the foreign tax credit’s favorable treatment of foreign income taxes relative to other foreign taxes and nontax costs of earning foreign income.
This article discusses the role of both average and marginal tax rates throughout the income distribution. Our analysis relies on optimal tax theory, which allows us to study the trade-off between two of the main goals of policymakers: progressivity and economic efficiency.