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May 20, 2015 - 3:32 PM EDT
Republicans Should Embrace the Gas Tax – After All, They Invented It
by Joseph J. Thorndike
The Highway Trust Fund is about to run out of money. Again. This manufactured crisis may be Washington’s most regular – and predictable – demonstration of failure.
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May 20, 2015 - 12:33 PM EDT
Tax Reform Laboratories
by Cara Griffith
States truly are laboratories for tax reform. Ideas are proposed, debated, discarded, and occasionally enacted.
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May 20, 2015 - 9:18 AM EDT
Shilling for Corporatists
by David Brunori
A proposal in Rhode Island illustrates all of what is wrong with state tax policy.
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May 19, 2015 - 12:40 PM EDT
Hawkins Casts Powerful Shadow Over OPR
by Jeremy Scott
Karen Hawkins will probably always face at least some criticism because of the overreach of the preparer regime, and some accusations that she was too favorable to the large practitioner groups such as the ABA and the AICPA. But she should more properly be remembered as the person who brought coherence to IRS Circular 230 enforcement and essentially rebuilt OPR from scratch.
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May 18, 2015 - 1:00 PM EDT
As in Florida, Rubio Pursues 'Big, Hairy' Goals in the U.S. Senate
by Martin A. Sullivan
Sen. Marco Rubio fought and lost his battle for sweeping property tax relief in Florida. But he continues to think big and continues to challenge fellow Republicans on tax policy.
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April 24, 2015 - 8:46 AM EDT
Bernie Sanders: Swimming Against the Tide
by Robert Goulder
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to eliminate tax subsidies for big business, but he faces an uphill challenge.
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April 23, 2015 - 6:09 AM EDT
IRS Funding Battles Turn Ugly
by Christopher Bergin
In 14 pages the newly released House Ways and Means Committee majority staff report blisters the IRS for treating taxpayers like dirt.
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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 Sunday, May 24, 2015

News Analysis: Debunking the Overseas Cash Meme

Economic Analysis: How the Norquist Pledge Can Backfire on Conservatives

News Analysis: Renewed Hope for the PTI Regs

OECD Proposes 'Skeletal' LOB Article in Treaty Abuse Draft

Draft Expert Opinions Can Be Protected Under Tax Court Rules

Chafee Sought Radical Restructuring of Rhode Island Sales Tax

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Texas Governor, Leaders Announce $3.8 Billion Tax Cut Deal

Massachusetts House Seeks High Court Ruling on Senate Tax Provisions

Maryland Governor Vetoes Online Travel Tax Bill

Illinois House Again Votes Down Surcharge on Millionaires

Maine House Approves Tax Havens Bill

NFL Players Ask Ohio Supreme Court to Reject Reconsideration of Income Tax Cases

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News Analysis: Finding the Base in Base Erosion

IRS Memo Reveals Reasoning for Taxation of Foreign Fund in U.S.

Australia Tells Uber Drivers to Register for GST

Russia Clarifies Tax Matters Involving Nonresidents

Puerto Rican Lower House Approves Switch From Sales Tax to VAT

Jamaica Introduces Withholding Tax on Services

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May 20, 2015
IRS Announces Spinoff Ruling Pause; Yahoo Implicated?
by Amy S. Elliott
The IRS Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate) announced May 19 that it may hold in abeyance any new letter ruling requests involving some section 355 tax-free spinoff active trade or business requirement questions while it studies how much active trade or business is enough.

May 19, 2015
Hawkins to Retire as OPR Director
by William R. Davis
IRS Office of Professional Responsibility Director Karen Hawkins on May 6 announced that she will resign effective July 11, 2015, marking an end to her six-year tenure at the position.

May 14, 2015
Finance Working Group on Individual Taxation Narrows Focus
by Stephen K. Cooper and Luca Gattoni-Celli
The Senate Finance Committee's individual income tax working group has agreed to focus its efforts on four major areas, including education, charity, and homeownership incentives and tax administration, the group's co-chair, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said following a May 13 group meeting.

May 13, 2015
Who Died and Made GASB King of Tax Breaks?
by Billy Hamilton
In the State Tax Merry-Go-Round, Billy Hamilton writes about the Governmental Accounting Standards Board's recent focus on taxes and the efforts it is taking to require state and local governments to disclose information about their business tax incentives.

May 1, 2015
NFL May Have to Flout Exemption Rules to Drop Status
by David van den Berg
There is no official process for the NFL to work through with the IRS to drop its tax-exempt status, and the league's shortest route to achieving its objective of becoming a taxable entity is likely to amend its organizational documents in a way that violates requirements for tax exemption, observers told Tax Analysts.

April 30, 2015
California FTB Settles Public Records Lawsuit
by Brian Bardwell
Tax Analysts has won its second state-level freedom of information case in less than a year, as the California Franchise Tax Board surrendered a set of records that it sought to keep secret despite a freedom of information request and subsequent lawsuit.

April 8, 2015
Tax Professionals and IRS Grapple With Changing Pot Laws
by David van den Berg
The IRS recently settled a case in which it agreed to refund penalties assessed on a marijuana dispensary for paying its taxes in cash -- a potential sign, if a small one, that tax representatives for the industry will be facing fewer risks and less stigma than they did even a few years ago.

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