The ISU Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation Farm and Urban Tax School makes its Mason City stop today. 7 degrees and sunny.
But we have a sold-out house today to keep us warm! We are also sold out for Thursday in Ottumwa. Meanwhile Paul Neiffer helps with the second day of the show today in Sheldon and tomorrow here. Seats are going fast for our remaining sessions in Waterloo, Red Oak, Denison and Ames, so register today! And if you come to one of the shows, please come up and say hi!
The first chart for any tax policy debate is in this post from Andrew Lundeen at the Tax Policy Blog, Government at All Levels Redistributed $2 Trillion in 2012
From the study referenced in the post:
As Chart 1 illustrates, the typical family in the lowest 20 percent in 2012 (with market incomes between $0 and $17,104) pays an average of $6,331 in total taxes and receives $33,402 in spending from all levels of government. Thus, the average amount of redistribution to a typical family in the bottom quintile is estimated to be $27,071. The vast majority of this net benefit, a total of $21,158, comes as a result of federal policies.
Before considering any more taxes on “the rich,” it’s worth stopping to understand what is already happening, and to consider that if this isn’t solving the problem, maybe more of the same isn’t the answer.
You don’t get a “reprieve” from something you should look forward to: “Iowa gets Obamacare reprieve.” Coming from Press-citizen.com, the party newspaper of the People’s Republic of Iowa City, that’s probably not the sort of headline to cheer up the administration.
Megan McArdle, Hope Is All Obamacare Has Left :
When the tech geeks raised concerns about their ability to deliver the website on time, they are reported to have been told “Failure is not an option.” Unfortunately, this is what happens when you say “failure is not an option”: You don’t develop backup plans, which means that your failure may turn into a disaster.
Peter Suderman, Time to Start Considering Obamacare’s Worst Case Scenarios (Reason.com):
But it’s time to start considering the worst-case scenarios: that the exchanges continue to malfunction, that plan cancellations go into effect, that insurers see the political winds shifting and stop playing nice with the administration, and that significant numbers of people are left stranded without coverage as a result. Rather than reforming the individual market, which was flawed but did work for some people, Obamacare will have destroyed it and left only dysfunction and chaos in its wake.
None of this makes me optimistic for a repeal of the inane 3.8% net investment income tax enacted to finance the debacle. Cleaning up the disaster will be costly, and they’ll need the money for it.
Trish McIntire, The New January 21st. “Despite the delay in the start of the tax season, taxpayers won’t get extra time to file their returns.”
Check out Robert D. Flach’s Tuesday Buzz!
Fiduciary Income Tax Blog, Valuation of Indirect Ownership Through a Trust
Norton Francis, Narrow Tax Hikes Win Support in Several States (TaxVox)
News from the Profession. Someone With Lots of Spare Time Has Doodled Big 4 Stereotypes (Going Concern).