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December 18, 2014 - 9:03 AM EST
Did Next Year’s Holiday Gift Shopping Just Get Easier?
by Clint Stretch
President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba may add Cuban cigars and Cuban rum to next year’s holiday gift possibilities. This would certainly make life easier for anyone who wants to give me a gift, and I suspect I’m not alone.
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December 17, 2014 - 11:44 AM EST
A Champion for Tax Reform
by Cara Griffith
Robert Plattner, the State Tax Notes person of the year, deserves recognition for consistently championing tax reform.
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December 16, 2014 - 9:34 AM EST
Slashed Budget Shows IRS's Failure to Build Political Support
by Jeremy Scott
Over the weekend the Democrat-controlled Senate agreed to an omnibus spending bill that included deep reductions to IRS funding. For the last few years, the nation's tax collector has thumbed its nose at conservatives, and now the bill for that action has finally come due.
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December 15, 2014 - 12:33 PM EST
Will Orrin Hatch Lead on Tax Reform?
by Martin A. Sullivan
We got a tax reform report from the staff of the incoming chair of the Senate Finance Committee. What we really need is a bill from the chairman.
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December 11, 2014 - 8:38 AM EST
Taxing Diverted Profits: The Empire Strikes Back
by Robert Goulder
The United Kingdom’s proposal to impose a special tax on “diverted profits” reflects a deeper tension with the country’s territorial tax regime. The incident provides a teachable moment for those who wish to reform the U.S. corporate tax system.
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December 10, 2014 - 1:30 PM EST
Wall Street Journal Prefers Ignorance to Expertise
by Joseph J. Thorndike
The Wall Street Journal wants to banish expertise from Capitol Hill – at least when it comes to economic policy. In a defiantly anti-intellectual editorial, the paper suggested recently that Congress abolish both the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation.
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December 10, 2014 - 9:28 AM EST
Mississippi’s Very Good Idea to Help its Poor
by David Brunori
Mississippi's proposed plan to create a 15 percent earned income tax credit for low-income working families is a very good idea.
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September 25, 2014 - 2:15 PM EDT
The Hobgoblin of Little Minds
by Christopher Bergin
The Obama Administration has been working feverishly all summer to create a scary new Halloween character for this year: the corporate tax inversion.
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September 19, 2014 - 10:07 AM EDT
Renouncing the Dogma of Surrey’s Infallibility
by Ajay Gupta
Treasury’s export of Stanley Surrey’s arm’s-length standard was perhaps the most successful case of ideological conversion in the arena of international tax policy. Even as the United States inches away from that construct, the OECD clings to it with a zeal befitting a convert. Treasury may very well have to renounce the dogma of Surrey’s infallibility before true reform in the global transfer pricing regime can take place.
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July 11, 2014 - 9:39 AM EDT
International Tax Trending
by Mindy Herzfeld
This week’s international tax highlights include Jean-Claude Juncker’s agenda for EU tax policy, changes in the IRS’ international administration, and continued assertiveness by the U.S. and other governments in pursuing tax evasion while BEPS goes into sleep mode.
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For Friday, December 19, 2014

Filing Season Start Date to Be Announced 'In a Few Days'

Government Settles Davis, Allowing CPA to Get E-Filing Number

BEPS Draft Outlines Options for Interest Expense Deductions

OECD Proposes Improvements to Treaty Dispute Resolution Process

Nonprofits for Specific Candidates Abuse Purpose, Group Says

FASB Plans to Provide Transition Support for Instruments Rules

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Washington Governor Proposes New 7 Percent Capital Gains Tax

Practitioners Predict Significant State Tax Legislation After GOP Victories

Oregon DOR Preparing Report on Tax Havens List

Michigan Plan Would Ask Voters to Approve Sales Tax Increase for Roads

Vermont Governor Tables Proposed Single-Payer Health System

GAO Recommends Increased Communication Between IRS, States for Better Oversight of Charitable Groups

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OECD Issues Drafts on VAT/GST Guidelines

Luxembourg Finance Ministry Welcomes Request for Tax Rulings

Hong Kong Banks Are Attempting to Avoid FATCA

Russia Revises Registration Process for Foreign Legal Entities

Russia Considering Changes to Calculation of Interest on Late Tax Refunds

Russia Issues 3 VAT Guidance Letters

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December 15, 2014
Person of the Year
State Tax Notes is pleased to announce its annual year in review edition, featuring person of the year, given to the individual or organization that had the most influence on state tax policy and practice. The editorial staff has compiled a list of the best in our profession.

December 11, 2014
Marketplace Fairness Act Dead This Year, but Chaffetz Promises New Bill
by Jennifer DePaul
Although the Marketplace Fairness Act is effectively dead for this year, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, plans to introduce a separate bill to replace it after the New Year that he says addresses concerns from conservative members of Congress.

December 8, 2014
Taxing the Sins of the Poor: Do Two Wrongs Make a Right?
by Martin A. Sullivan
In an article from March 20, 2000, Chief Economist Martin A. Sullivan questions the fairness of taxing cigarettes.

December 8, 2014
Republicans Should Choose a New CBO Director
by Diana Furchtgott-Roth
Diana Furchtgott-Roth argues that with the expiration of the term of Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf, Republicans should choose a new director, even though The Washington Post and some Republicans are calling for Elmendorf's reappointment.

December 3, 2014
Washington State Falls Short on Transparency
by Cara Griffith
By insisting on keeping the contents of its letter rulings and most written determinations a secret known only to tax administrators, the Washington Department of Revenue is leaving taxpayers with no way to navigate the state's tax laws, practitioners said.

December 1, 2014
H&R Block Addresses EITC Improper Payments and Related Fraud
by William Cobb
H&R Block's William Cobb has commented on ways to reduce the earned income tax credit improper payment rate and associated fraud, saying that a key issue he thinks has been largely ignored is the migration of improper payments from paid preparer returns to self-prepared returns and suggesting that the IRS require all EITC taxpayers to submit additional eligibility information.

November 26, 2014
White House Veto Threat Imperils Potential Extenders Deal
by Lindsey McPherson and Luca Gattoni-Celli
The White House on November 25 issued a veto threat against a potential tax extenders deal congressional leaders had been discussing that would have made 10 provisions permanent while renewing others through 2015, raising questions about whether congressional leaders would continue to work toward a deal providing for any permanent policy.

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