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November 24, 2015 - 7:54 AM EST
Tax Credits Are Easy – And a Loser’s Game for Liberals
by Joseph J. Thorndike
Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign is still churning out tax proposals at a furious pace. Over the weekend, she proposed a new credit for caretakers—intended, according to her campaign, to “provide support for the millions of families paying for, coordinating, or providing care for aging or disabled family members.”
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November 18, 2015 - 3:04 PM EST
Business Entities Pay a Lot of State Taxes
by David Brunori
The Council On State Taxation and EY released their 13th annual business tax burden study. The study remains one of the most important publications in the state and local tax world. I have written about it many times.
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November 12, 2015 - 12:31 PM EST
Netanyahu's Economic Reforms and the Laffer Curve
by Jeremy Scott
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might be best known for his hawkish foreign policy, his confrontational, even alienating demeanor, and his determination to resist Iran and radical Islamist forces at all costs. But what he'd really like to be known for are his economic reforms. At least that was the point he continually made while accepting the American Enterprise Institute's Irving Kristol Award on November 9. Speaking to a largely sympathetic, right-of-center crowd, Netanyahu earned applause when he argued that the Laffer curve worked, and that his 2003 tax cuts had transformed Israel into a market economy and an engine of growth.
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November 12, 2015 - 8:49 AM EST
The European Predictability Paradox
by Stuart Gibson
There’s a familiar saying, “It is better to ask for forgiveness afterward than for permission before.” The reasoning is that if you seek permission and it’s denied, and you do it anyway, you have knowingly broken the rules. But if you don’t seek permission and do it, and then find out you shouldn’t have, you just made an innocent mistake – for which you will offer a “sincere” apology.
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October 30, 2015 - 8:48 AM EDT
Why Do We Still Have Unpublished Opinions?
by Cara Griffith
Newsflash…it’s 2015, and it might be time to reexamine the idea of unpublished opinions.
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September 21, 2015 - 9:21 AM EDT
Donald Buffett?
by Martin A. Sullivan
Two outspoken billionaires at opposite ends of the political spectrum reach the same conclusion.
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September 15, 2015 - 3:46 PM EDT
Litigating FATCA: Rand Paul and Financial Privacy
by Robert Goulder
It’s not every day that a U.S. senator, let alone a presidential candidate, sues the government to suspend the enforcement of a federal tax law. Yet that is exactly what Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is doing. He is one of seven plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.
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July 24, 2015 - 10:12 AM EDT
Donald Trump Is Contagious!
by Christopher Bergin
I’ve predicted that it will take two years to start a serious discussion of reforming the tax laws and the agency that administers them. After watching Rand Paul’s latest video, I’ve pushed that back a decade.
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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 Tuesday, November 24, 2015

IRS Prevails in Summons Enforcement Case Against Microsoft

Pfizer Gives U.S. an Irish Goodbye with Allergan Inversion Deal

New Audit Regime Won't Resolve All PTP Auditing Complexities

Expanding Ridgely Would Contract Tax Return Preparer Privilege

Clinton Calls for Caregiving Tax Benefits

Standing Issues in Direct APA Challenges to Tax Regulations

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States Ready to Explore Other Options for Remote Sales Tax Legislation

District of Columbia Files Final Brief in Oil Company Transfer Pricing Suits

Oregon Supreme Court Lets DOR Examine NOLs After Statute of Limitations Has Expired

Taxpayers File Second Briefs in Ohio Factor Presence Case, Rejecting 'Internet Nexus'

NCSL Task Force Subcommittee to Address GASB Tax Abatement Disclosure Standards

Will Regency Be a Revenue Win or a Check on Constitutional Limits?

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New Info Request May Indicate Shift in Focus of Apple Rulings Investigation

Germany Tops List of OECD Countries With Open MAP Cases

Australian Government Seeks Comments on Hybrid Mismatch Rules

Argentina's New President Faces Challenge Aligning Taxes to Spur Growth

Ukraine Clarifies Tax Treatment of Royalties Under Treaty With Russia

Profit Splits Post-BEPS: Quantifying an MNE's Intangibles

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November 19, 2015
Candidates Seek High Return From Repatriation Policies
by Paul C. Barton
To hear some presidential candidates tell it, if it were suddenly easy from a tax standpoint for U.S. corporations to repatriate more than $2.1 trillion in overseas earnings, the money would be in the next wire transfer home, giving the economy a jump-start like none before.

November 5, 2015
Tax Analysts Exclusive: Conversations: Nina Olson Stands Up for Taxpayer Rights
by William Hoffman
Olson recently spoke with Tax Analysts' William Hoffman about the differences between taxpayer rights and remedies, embedding taxpayer rights in the Internal Revenue Manual, and why Sweden's idea of taxpayer rights would never work in the United States.

October 29, 2015
IRS Has Always Required Warrants to Track Phones, Koskinen Says
by Luca Gattoni-Celli
IRS policy has always required that it obtain a warrant to use cellphone-tracking surveillance devices known as Stingrays and that they be used only in criminal cases, Commissioner John Koskinen said October 27.

October 1, 2015
EITC Error Rate Reduction a Moving Target
by Tom Kasprzak and David van den Berg
Improper earned income tax credit payments are once again the subject of scrutiny as the Senate Finance Committee is set October 1 to examine the "fragmentation" in the federal bureaucracy it claims is responsible, but the data behind compliance efforts paint a complicated picture for regulating the popular anti-poverty program.

September 30, 2015
Analysts Say Trump Plan Likely to Delight, Not Irk Fund Managers
by Paul C. Barton
For months, billionaire real estate developer and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been likening hedge fund managers to bandits because of how they make out under the tax code, but his tax reform plan, despite claims to the contrary, may actually benefit them, some analysts say.

September 29, 2015
IRS Data Give Peek Into Bonus, Retention Pay at Chief Counsel
by William Hoffman and Tom Kasprzak
IRS data released to Tax Analysts September 17 on performance awards and retention incentives reveal a glimpse at the agency's supplementary compensation patterns for senior executive service and non-bargaining-unit managers at one of its most critical functions.

September 23, 2015
Contest Continues Over IRS Transparency Versus Confidentiality
by William Hoffman
The IRS is seeking a balance it has not yet found between taxpayers' rights to privacy and confidentiality and media and governments' demands for transparency, panelists at Tax Analysts' conference "Tax Transparency: The Good, the Bad, and the Future" said September 22.

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