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Perception v. Reality on Tax Rates

September 10th, 2019|

Here’s a conundrum.  A recent poll revealed that 76 percent of Americans support increasing taxes on the “wealthy,” while sixty-one percent support the wealth tax proposed by Senator Elizabeth Warren, which is like an income tax, only at ridiculously high rates. But polls also show Americans consistently oppose high tax rates, even on the wealthy.  This summer, for example, the Winston Group asked registered voters: “For each of the following, what is the maximum rate ...

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Failure of High Marginal Rates

September 3rd, 2019|

Earlier this year, the Congressional Budget Office produced a report reviewing tax rates on labor income since 1962 that includes some important lessons for tax policy folks. The first lesson is that nothing replaces a really cool chart.  Take this heat map, for example.  What a great way to convey a lot of information all at once.  If you’re a taxpayer, the simple way to view it is lighter colors good, darker colors baaad. Our ...

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Treasury on 199A Guardrails

August 27th, 2019|

Remember this JCT chart from earlier this year?  It garnered lots of attention and called into question how the 199A pass-through deduction was structured.  If only 9 percent of all pass-through income was disqualified from getting the deduction, what was the point of having all those complicated rules? We wondered about the estimate at the time, as it didn’t comport with our member’s experience.  In our S-CORP survey this year, only half of our members ...

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S-Corp Member Survey 2019

July 30th, 2019|

S-Corp sent its members a new survey this Spring.  The goal was to follow up the survey we did just after tax reform was enacted to see how things had evolved.  Now that our members had a year to digest the new rules, where did they stand?  Here are the key takeaways – Seven out of ten say their taxes went down or stayed about the same; Four out of five say making permanent the ...

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The Myth of Corporate Decline

July 26th, 2019|

The visual economist issued another great chart last month, this time showing the largest public companies by market cap. Our first reaction is, wait, Microsoft is number one?  When did that happen?  All the focus on FAANG stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google) and stodgy old Microsoft is bigger?  Go figure. Our second reaction is “Gee Grandmother, what big market caps you have.”  These companies are huge!  And that’s not limited to the ten ...

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