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News & Updates:
Administration weighing options to avoid recession; FDIC approves Volcker rule changes; Farmers frustrated over ethanol exemptions; Existing home sales climb 2.5% in July; CBO raises 10-Year forecasts for budget deficits by $809 billion; FOMC releases minutes from July meeting.
State Attorneys General open antitrust investigation of big tech companies; U.S. renews Huawei waiver for 90 days; HUD proposes changes to fair housing rules; California and Trump press on in emissions standards battle; White House considering payroll tax cut; Investors hopeful for more rate cuts.
House and Senate introduce competing carbon tax bills; House passes two-year budget deal to lift spending and debt ceiling; Farmers’ patience running out over trade war; Trump can’t get a win on asylum laws; GDP slows to 2.1% in second quarter but beats expectations.
President Trump orders investigation into France’s planned “digital tax.”; White House drops proposal to eliminate drug rebates; White House reportedly prepping for nationwide immigration raids; Mnuchin to assist U.S. companies with Huawei licenses; U.S. jobless claims drop to 3-month low during holiday week; U.S. consumer prices up in June.
$25 million in taxpayer money went to keep Philly refinery open; explosion and plan to close bring scrutiny to that spendingIs it effective for local governments to use tax payer money to support private businesses? Professor Holger Sieg says probably not, unless they create large-enough spillovers or positive externalities for the local economy.
American Petroleum Institute: Motor Fuel Taxes
The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Here is a summary report on gasoline and diesel taxes. This report is updated quarterly. API collects motor fuel tax information for all 50 states and compiles a report and chart detailing changes and calculating a nationwide average.
Government Accountability Office: Tax Policy and Administration
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the “congressional watchdog,” GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. GAO supports congressional oversight by:
• auditing agency operations to determine whether federal funds are being spent efficiently and effectively;
• investigating allegations of illegal and improper activities;
• reporting on how well government programs and policies are meeting their objectives;
• performing policy analyses and outlining options for congressional consideration; and
• issuing legal decisions and opinions, such as bid protest rulings and reports on agency rules.
Quick link to Tax Policy and Administration Reports: http://www.gao.gov/browse/topic/Tax_Policy_and_Administration
Internal Revenue Service: Tax Statistics
Find statistics on business tax, individual tax, charitable and exempt organizations, IRS operations and budget, and income (SOI), as well as statistics by form, products, publications, papers, and other IRS data.
Quick link to Tax Statistics, where you will find a wide range of tables, articles, and data that describe and measure elements of the U.S. tax system: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Stats-2
Sales Tax Institute
Quick link to Resources page where you can find updated (and some historical) information regarding sales tax rates by state, sales tax holidays, sales tax amnesty programs: http://www.salestaxinstitute.com/resources
Tax Policy Center
The Tax Policy Center is a joint venture of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution . The Center is made up of nationally recognized experts in tax, budget, and social policy who have served at the highest levels of government.
The Tax Policy Center estimates the revenue and distributional impact of tax proposals using a state-of-the-art microsimulation model of the federal tax system. Our searchable database includes distribution tables that show how proposals alter tax liabilities and after-tax income, by dollar income class and by percentiles of the income distribution. We also periodically estimate the distribution of various federal taxes under current law, show how recent tax changes have altered that distribution, and examine other important issues such as the impact of the individual alternative minimum tax (AMT) and the distribution of the estate tax under current law and alternative policy options.
Quick link to TPC’s Tax Model: http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/numbers/index.cfm