Taxes
  • Treasury Puts a Ribbon on the Estate Tax Reduction

    By Michael Rainey

    Wealthy families got an early Christmas gift from the Trump administration this week, as the U.S. Treasury Department issued a proposed rule that would encourage large, tax-free gifts to heirs. The...

  • Goldman Sachs Sees Sharp Economic Slowdown Ahead

    By Michael Rainey

    Goldman Sachs is sticking to its forecast of a significant economic slowdown over the next several quarters, driven in part by the waning effects from both the tax cuts and the recent increase in...

  • Obama administration proposes new limits on tax-exempt political groups

    New Tax Brackets for 2019

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    The IRS released its inflation adjustments for the 2019 tax year this week, which include new brackets and limits on deductions and exemptions. A few highlights: The standard deduction for single...

  • Krugman: Why the Tax Cuts Fizzled

    By Michael Rainey

    A long-time critic of Republican fiscal policies, economist Paul Krugman takes on the GOP tax overhaul in Friday’s New York Times, asking, “Why Was Trump’s Tax Cut a Fizzle?” Krugman notes that the...

  • The Economy’s Coming Wile E. Coyote Moment

    By Michael Rainey

    Most economists think that the “sugar high” in the economy produced by simultaneous tax cuts and federal spending increases this year will fizzle at some in the next few quarters, at which point GDP...

  • FILE PHOTO - A man, wearing a hat with an embroidery of the U.S. flag, votes on election day at a polling station in Harlem, New York, U.S., November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Bria Webb/File Photo

    What the Exit Polls Revealed on Taxes and Health Care

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    Here's what exit polls told us about some key issues: 45 percent: NBC News’ exit poll found that 45 percent of voters said the Republican tax cuts had no impact on their personal finances, compared...

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speak at the National Press Club in Washington

    Dems Will Target GOP Tax Cuts in the New Year

    By Michael Rainey

    Democrats will attempt to undo tax cuts for wealthy households when they take over the House in January, The Wall Street Journal’s Richard Rubin reports . The move will likely come as part of an...

  • Pelosi leads Democratic members of Congress in a rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

    What Should Democrats Do Now That They’ve Won the House?

    By Michael Rainey

    With Democrats winning control of the House Tuesday, political experts are lining up to give advice on what they should do with their new powers. While there’s little chance of enacting significant...

  • The Wall Street bull is seen in the financial district in New York

    Share Buybacks Come Roaring Back

    By Michael Rainey

    Publicly-traded U.S. corporations have resumed share buybacks at a torrid pace, following an informal blackout period prior to third-quarter earnings announcements, CNBC reported Thursday. Analysts...

  • An unidentified voter casts his ballot at a local polling station in Miami

    5 Tax and Spending Takeaways from the Midterm Elections

    By Michael Rainey

    Tuesday’s election results changed the outlook for some key tax and spending proposals. Here are 5 takeaways from the midterm vote: 1. The GOP’s “tax cuts 2.0” effort is dead. The Republican plan to...

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