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These articles were written by Eugene Steuerle. He is an institute fellow at the Urban Institute and a former deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury.

December 14, 2001
Charities and Disaster Relief (Third of Three Parts: Making Choices & Planning for the Future)
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle continues his discussion on charities and disaster relief, this time with a focus on making choices and planning for future charitable giving needs.
December 7, 2001
Charities and Disaster Relief (Part Two: Applying Classic Principles of Public Finance)
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle continues his discussion on charities and disaster relief, this time with a focus on using public finance principles to allocate the relief funds.
November 30, 2001
Charities and Relief (Part One: The Problem of Selection)
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle takes a look at the problems charities face when providing disaster relief.
November 16, 2001
The Cost of Action for Its Own Sake
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle cautions against quick tax fixes for the nation's current economic woes, arguing they could simply compound the problem.
September 7, 2001
Limitations of the Individual Account Debate
Gene Steuerle looks at flaws in the current social security system, arguing that the debate over creating individual accounts has shadowed other concerns with the system.
August 17, 2001
Is it Time to Rationalize Depreciation Policy?
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle looks at depreciation policy, particularly in the wake of the House-passed energy bill that would shorten the depreciation lives of several different types of property.
August 3, 2001
Withholding Judgment on the Social Security Commission Report
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle contends it may be too soon to praise or denounce the Social Security Commission's report.
July 20, 2001
How Complexity Arises for Low-Income Taxpayers
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle looks at how tax complexity has spread to all income levels.
July 6, 2001
The Merger of Tax & Expenditure Policy in the 2001 Tax Legislation
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle continues looking at tax and expenditure policies in the 2001 tax legislation, this week focusing on marginal tax rates.
June 29, 2001
The Merger of Tax & Expenditure Policy in the 2001 Tax Legislation
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle looks at the mixture of tax and expenditure policy in the 2001 tax legislation.
June 15, 2001
Moving Beyond the Fight Over the Alternative Minimum Tax
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle looks at the partisan obstacles in the way of bipartisan alternative minimum tax reform.
June 15, 2001
Moving Beyond the Fight Over the Alternative Minimum Tax
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle looks at the partisan obstacles in the way of bipartisan alternative minimum tax reform.
June 1, 2001
What Next If Not Simplification?
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle agrees that the alternative minimum tax needs to be dealt with, but contends that it should be done in a broader simplification bill.
May 11, 2001
The Optimistic View on Simplification
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle looks at the future of tax simplification efforts with regards to the current budget proposal.
April 27, 2001
Opportunity at Hand: Revising the Child Credit
Gene Steuerle, economic consultant to Tax Notes, looks at the child credit and the reasons to revise it.
April 13, 2001
Two Issues Not on the Current Tax Radar Screen
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle examines two issues in Bush's budget proposal that may need closer scrutiny: social security benefits taxation and increasing child credits.
March 30, 2001
Opportunities in the Tax Bill
Gene Steuerle, Tax Notes economic consultant, looks at several provisions in President Bush's tax bill and proposes some revisions to them.
March 16, 2001
Peggy's Rules: Peggy McConkey and the Meaning of Public Service
Gene Steuerle hails one public servant, and wishes more were like her.
March 9, 2001
Amending a Chairman's Mark While Recognizing Tax Policy Principles
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle discusses balancing revisions to a chairman's mark on a tax bill with maintaining legitimate tax policy principles.
February 16, 2001
Strong Treasury Team Goes to Bat With One Strike Already Called
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle hails the new Treasury leadership but notes that in recent years, Treasury has been precluded from assessing the implications of different tax proposals lawmakers were considering.
February 9, 2001
An Option to Increase Charitable Giving and Reduce Current Taxes
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle argues that President Bush can pursue increasing charitable giving while simultaneously cutting taxes by extending charitable deductions to the time of filing returns.
February 2, 2001
'Greenspanspeak' on Taxes
Tax Notes economic consultant Gene Steuerle interprets Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan's recent comments in support of tax cuts.
January 19, 2001
Steps Toward a Successful Presidency
Gene Steuerle, Tax Notes' economic consultant, says President Bush could use government agencies, such as Treasury's Office of Tax Policy, to help him set a tax agenda that would find favor with a majority of Americans.
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