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December 16, 2006
Attacks Escalate on Flat Tax Plan
Deseret Morning News
"It may 'politely be called negative tax reform,' writes Frank Shafroth in the Oct. 10 edition of the tax journal that is reportedly read by CEOs and finance directors of America's top firms. One Utah tax expert is quoted anonymously in the journal as saying of Huntsman's plan: 'It is the most half—ed idea I've ever heard of in my life.'"
December 5, 2006
Memo to the New Congress: You Have Have a Tax Problem
Roll Call
"The revenue implications of Murphy v. IRS are enormous. Already, some law firms are advising their clients to file for refunds of the taxes they paid on their emotional distress awards. But that's the least of it."
December 1, 2006
One-stop Tax Research; Tax research Users Are Looking for Greater Alignment Between Software
Accounting Technology
"'Tax services are scrambling to be all things to all practitioners and are creating products that try to do everything including research, compliance, forms, client management, and word processing. The problem is that these products are hard to master and use,' says Alan Highman, editor-in-chief of reference products for Tax Analysts."
November 27, 2006
IRS Looks Closer At Profit Disparity
The Wall Street Journal
"The IRS data are based on filings by 4,195 U.S. public companies with fiscal years that ended between December and June. Available only in aggregate, the data were contained in tables accompanying an article by IRS researchers published in the trade journal Tax Notes."
November 21, 2006
Increased IRS Enforcement Actions Net Billions
National Public Radio
Chris Bergin states, "We think it would be helpful if others outside the IRS and the press saw these performance reports so we could discuss how well the IRS is or isn't doing."
November 15, 2006
IRS Working to Trim a Bit of Form 1040's Red Tape; Simplified Version Could be Ready for 2009 Season
USA Today
"'What we are shooting for is a form that is simpler and easier to use for taxpayers,' said Lemons, confirming mentions of the anticipated revision in a recent Government Accountability Office audit and a report by Tax Analysts, a non-profit organization that tracks tax issues."
November 13, 2006
Google's Irish Base a Hit with Quarter of Firm's World Profits
Daily Mail
"A recent survey by the respected U.S. think-tank Tax Analyst reveals that Ireland generates more profits than any other foreign country, beating the traditional tax haven of Bermuda into second place."
October 1, 2006
Sales Tax Holiday on Candidate's Agenda
Wisconsin State Journal
"'Only a state with extremely strong finances can legitimately consider a holiday at all, even though total revenue loss will be rather modest,' wrote John L. Mikesell, professor of public finance and policy analysis at Indiana University, in a recent edition of State Tax Notes."
September 24, 2006
Will their plans solve our problems?
The Sunday Oregonian
"Risa Williams, editor in chief of state tax publications for Tax Analysts, a nonprofit publisher on tax policy, agrees it is crucial for Oregon to create a rainy-day fund."
September 20, 2006
The Business Tax System
Congressional Quarterly
"Indeed, economist Martin Sullivan of the independent publication Tax Notes has confirmed that despite significant reductions in the tax rate in European countries, corporate tax revenue as a percentage of GDP is rising."
August 28, 2006
The Issue: Privatizing An IRS Function; Collecting Tax Bills Is Government's Job
The Arizona Republic
"Tax collection is a government job, and the government can do it well if it has the resources. An economic analysis by Martin A. Sullivan in the magazine Tax Notes compared tax collections in 11 Northeastern states and the federal government."
August 23, 2006
Tax Man Eyes the eBay Crowd
CNN Money
"The review of tax policy was first reported on Tuesday by the tax-law trade publication Tax Notes."
August 1, 2006
Report Targets Offshore Tax Havens; Senate Investigators Propose Law Change
USA Today
"Martin Sullivan, a contributing editor to Tax Notes magazine, says, 'The time is right' for legislative reform, citing the strain of a federal deficit on the Treasury."
August 1, 2006
Critics: Holiday from Tax No Tonic
The Bradenton Herald
"One of the study's authors, Richard Hawkins, is an associate professor of economics at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. In a 2001 article in State Tax Notes, he wrote that high-income tax payers and local retailers may stand to benefit the most from tax holidays."
July 30, 2006
Expert Calls Tax Holidays 'A Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come'
Sarasota-Herald Tribune
"But not everyone is crazy about the tax. John Mikesell, a professor of public finance and policy analysis with the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, wrote about the topic for State Tax Notes this month."
July 22, 2006
Legislator Expects OK of Sales-tax Holiday Soon
Boston Globe
"Some tax specialists, however, dislike tax holidays. David Brunori, a columnist for the trade journal State Tax Notes, calls them 'political gimmicks.' Instead of stimulating local economies, they shift the timing of consumer purchases."
July 21, 2006
Judge Rules Against IRS in 'Son of Boss' Tax Case; A Federal Jurist Finds that the Agency Went too far in Retroactively Banning a Shelter that Cost the Government Billions of Dollars.
Los Angeles Times
"'Tax-evasion charges cannot stand in the Stein case if the underlying shelter survives on its merits,' said Lee Sheppard, a contributing editor at Tax Notes, an industry magazine."
July 9, 2006
Why U.S. Companies Shouldn't Whine About Taxes
New York Times
"'There is good reason to believe that the corporate tax burden in the United States could be less than the rest of the world because the rest of the world has been broadening their tax bases while we have been cutting ours,' said Martin A. Sullivan, an analyst at the journal Tax Notes."
July 8, 2006
Popular Trusts Billed as a Shelter for Realty Profits
Chicago Tribune
"'Contrary to the claims of promoters, it is a very risky transaction and in any event it will likely cause you to pay more tax than had you not done the transaction in the first place,' said Atlanta tax lawyer Kevin McGrath, who recently wrote an article critical of the tactic in the tax journal Tax Notes."
July 1, 2006
A Hard Look at Tax Software: 2006 Annual Survey of New York State Practitioners
The CPA Journal
"Kleinrock and Tax Analysts received the best cost-satisfaction ratings, which may be reflected in a preference for these less-expensive products by smaller firms."
June 19, 2006
Doing a Big Favor For the 'Small Rich'
Newsweek
"'There are lots more losers than winners under full repeal compared to the 2009 rules,' says Buckley, who used the study for a 2005 paper in Tax Notes, a professional journal."
June 14, 2006
With State Coffers Full, Firms Seek Tax Breaks
Los Angeles Times
"Eugene Corrigan, a former executive director of the Multistate Tax Commission, a nonpartisan agency consisting of state government officials, wrote in the newsletter State Tax Notes that the change is 'one way states manage to shoot themselves in the foot, reducing their ability to fund public needs.'"
June 8, 2006
Senate Blocks Chances for Estate Tax Repeal
CNN Money
"In a vote on Thursday morning, only 57 senators voted for cloture, short of the 60 required. Cloture is a procedural vote that would have led to another one, limiting debate on permanent-repeal legislation and easing its passage, according to Tax Notes, a publication of Tax Analysts."
June 7, 2006
A Boon for the Richest In an Estate Tax Repeal
New York Times
" A 1999 study published in the journal Tax Notes examined the costs of dealing with the estate tax and government enforcement, including the incomes of the nation's 16,000 estate lawyers. Total costs were less than 7 cents of each dollar collected, according to the authors, Jay Soled, a Rutgers business school professor, and Charles Davenport, the founding editor of Tax Notes. The Tax Foundation said it did not consider the study reliable."
June 1, 2006
Popular Trusts Shield Real-Estate Profits
Associated Press Financial Wire
"'Contrary to the claims of promoters, it is a very risky transaction and in any event it will likely cause you to pay more tax than had you not done the transaction in the first place,' says Atlanta tax lawyer Kevin McGrath, who recently wrote an article critical of the tactic in the tax journal Tax Notes."
May 17, 2006
More Tax Breaks May be on the Way
CNN Money
"On Tuesday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said such a bill could be attached to pension reform legislation that is currently in the final stages of negotiations, barring opposition from pension conferees, according to Tax Notes, a publication of Tax Analysts."
May 15, 2006
Returning Discipline to Budgets
The Times Union
"The outlandishness is unmitigated by any serious effort to curtail spending. If the goal of making all the Bush tax cuts permanent were realized, program cuts required a decade from now, in 2016, would mean chopping 41 percent out of Social Security benefits, reducing Medicare payments by 45 percent, and near abolition of Medicaid program, according to an analysis by Urban Institute-Brookings economists in the newsletter Tax Notes. "
May 15, 2006
Just for Fun
Accounting Today
"Tax Analysts' history project produced this fun and informative site detailing the history of American taxation. The free site offers a tax museum with a documented account of the nation's tax history, tax cartoons, past presidents' tax returns, tax history discussions and feature stories. The site even has an archive where visitors can see historic tax editorial cartoons."
May 9, 2006
Corporate Tax Overhaul
Congressional Quarterly
"Mihir Desai, an associate professor with the Harvard Business School, confirms this 'lock-in' effect in an article published in the March 7, 2006 edition of Tax Analysts [' Tax Notes]. I would note at the outset that Professor Desai was not retained by the America Gains coalition to produce that article."
May 1, 2006
Reforming the Corporate Tax System - Four Things That Matter
Tax Executive
"Economist Martin Sullivan of the independent publication Tax Notes has confirmed that tax rate reductions in European countries have led to increased tax revenues."
May 1, 2006
Firms Contest Old Tax on Calls; They Want the IRS to Return $9 billion Collected under Telephone Levy that Dates Back to 1898
The Detroit News
"'When Congress is not able to say what it means, whether through ineptitude or political deadlock, taxpayers should get the benefit of the doubt,' Raby wrote in a paper for Tax Analysts, a nonpartisan tax think thank."
April 29, 2006
Rep. Doggett Targets Sham Energy Tax Giveaway
US Fed News
" In a story on Doggett's legislation, Republican U.S. Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN), told the publication Tax Notes:
'I have a sense that what we're seeing would provide a very strong basis . . . to let [the credit] die. My concern is whether there is a legitimate scientific basis for saying that we're doing any good relating to the environment or alternative energy. From what I've seen so far I'm not seeing that.'"
April 14, 2006
Taxing Sermons
The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
"HEATHER BENNETT: Right, I think it's become quite a problem. And most Americans don't even understand that they might be subjected to it. You know, taxpayers have three days to file their returns. And I think a lot of them will be realizing over the weekend that hey, whoa, I'm subject to this. I didn't even know it existed."
April 5, 2006
IRS and Small Businesses
Congressional Quarterly
"On March 20, 2006 Tax Notes Today reported that the IRS increased its number of audits primarily through a spike in small business audits."
April 3, 2006
When the Little Guy Helped the Wealthy Keep Their Tax Secret
The Wall Street Journal
"'The political world divided between those who considered legal tax avoidance morally neutral and those who regarded it as a grave moral failing,' wrote Joseph J. Thorndike in an article in Tax Notes magazine."
April 1, 2006
One-Stop Tax Research; Tax research users are looking for greater alignment between software and content
Accounting Technology
"'Tax services are scrambling to be all things to all practitioners and are creating products that try to do everything including research, compliance, forms, client management, and word processing. The problem is that these products are hard to master and use,' says Alan Highman, editor-in-chief of reference products for Tax Analysts."
March 28, 2006
And Taxpayers Get Coal in their Stocking
The Oregonian
"And Tax Notes said this: 'Without knowing a thing about economics or taxes or energy, you know the official estimate is wrong because companies do not spend millions on lobbyists to raise their taxes.'"
March 20, 2006
Thailand Thaksin Has An Ardent American Supporter
Thai Press Reports
"Lipsher's great admiration is shown in an article in Tax Notes International, where the accountant highlighted his immense interest in the Temasek Holdings-Shin Corp deal."
March 19, 2006
Turning a Kid Into a 'Child'
The Washington Post
"Buckley's paper is to be published in this week's issue of Tax Notes, an Arlington-based journal for lawyers and others interested in tax matters."
March 13, 2006
Book Sheds Light on Politics of State Tax Policy
US Fed News
"'The question is not whether states will raise the necessary money. Rather, it's which groups they will tax,' says author David Brunori, who writes the 'The Politics of State Taxation' column for State Tax Notes magazine. "
March 9, 2006
Your Tax Files For Sale? IRS Says Go For It
The San Francisco Chronicle
"Before this week, only three comment letters had been filed and none was related to the third-party data-sharing provision, according to Heather Bennett, an editor with Tax Notes, a trade publication."
March 5, 2006
'Loser fees' Taking Place of New Taxes; Surcharges Added to Tickets, DWIs Help Fund State Government
The Houston Chronicle
"'This stuff happens all the time, especially in states without income tax. I just call it 'anything-but-taxes,' ' said David Brunori, a contributing editor to State Tax Notes and a public policy professor at George Washington University."
March 5, 2006
Tax Break: Who Needs the Mortgage-Interest Deduction?
The New York Times
''Tax economists tend to be skeptical about preferences in the tax,'' says Joseph Thorndike, the director of the Tax History Project at the nonpartisan Tax Analysts.''
March 2, 2006
Academy Awards: Culture of Swag; Celebrity Endorsement
Washingtonpost.com
"Lee Sheppard, a contributing editor to the tax journal Tax Notes, said that celebrities would do well to pay attention to the tax implications."
February 15, 2006
Celebrity Freebies: A Force Irresistible?
The New York Times
"On the advice of its tax lawyer, the association decided that 'none of the leftover bags may be given to any member, board or otherwise, or his family,' according to the meeting notes. Lee Sheppard, a contributing editor to the tax journal Tax Notes said that celebrities would do well to pay attention to the tax implications."
February 12, 2006
Study: Tax Overhaul Needed, but Myriad Hurdles Remain
Accounting Today
"Mark Weinberger, former Treasury assistant secretary for tax policy, said during a recent Tax Analysts-sponsored Webcast that tax reform will eventually happen. However, said Weinberger, currently Americas vice chair for tax services for Ernst & Young, the structure and timing are still up in the air."
February 9, 2006
How Tax Cost Basis Operates
The San Francisco Chronicle
"'That leaves a hole big enough for a tax evader to drive a truck through,' says Joe Thorndike, a contributing editor with Tax Analysts, a nonprofit publisher of tax information."
January 29, 2006
Commentary: Strategies for State, Fed Estate Taxes Changing
Kansas City Daily Record
"In 1980, as noted by Daphne A. Kenyon in State Tax Notes last May, 12 states relied exclusively on pick-up taxes, 29 on a combination of inheritance and pick-up taxes, and eight on free-standing estate and pick-up taxes. "
January 13, 2006
House Weighs No-Sales-Tax Week; Plan would Eliminate Tax on All Items Costing up to $5,000
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"David Brunori, a contributing editor for State Tax Notes and a research professor at George Washington University, called the proposal 'ridiculous' and 'asinine'."
January 4, 2006
Economic Battle Lines Need to be Redrawn
The Irish Times
"Recently the US publication Tax Notes labelled Ireland the 'Bermuda of Europe' because it has such a low tax regime for corporations."
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