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The Budget Plan You’ve Never Heard Of

April 22, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Zachary Bernstein TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality, Economic Policy

Cherry blossoms, baseball's Opening Day, allergy attacks, and...budget proposals? Blogger Zachary Bernstein analyzes three different budget plans, one of which makes a case for progressivism.

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Tags: progressivism, president obama, paul ryan, nobel peace prize, medicaid, food stamps, deficit, budget, affordable care act

Jeff Madrick on Thomas Piketty

April 21, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Jeff Madrick TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality, Economic Policy

TCF's newest fellow, Jeff Madrick, tackles the oft-discussed Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty at BillMoyers.com. His piece, titled "An Indictment of the Invisible Hand," points out the disconnect between economists' praise of Piketty's recent tome and action on inequality today.

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Tags: thomas piketty, jeff madrick, economics, economic policy, economic inequality, capital in the twenty-first century, bill moyers

Don’t think you can fool the IRS

PoliticoPro cites TCF fellow Edward Kleinbard in a recent story on the ongoing IRS "scandal" over audit rates.

Excerpt:

“What’s happening over the years is that the IRS has relied more on systems and less on traditional audits so the audit effort can be focused on places where there are real issues,” said Edward Kleinbard, a professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and former chief of staff at the Joint Committee on Taxation. “The IRS has been significantly underfunded relative to the number of burdens placed on it.”

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Tags: tax system, tax reform, tax policy, irs audits, irs, edward kleinbard, economic policy

Stress and the Citi

In Reuters, TCF fellow Charles Morris writes an opinion piece on Citigroup's failed review by the Federal Reserve.

Excerpt:

While acknowledging Citi’s stronger capital position, the Fed stated that the rejection was based on “qualitative” weaknesses, including the bank’s “[in]ability to develop scenarios … that adequately reflect and stress its full range of business activities and exposures.” The bank will eventually be handed a detailed bill of particulars, perhaps in a week or so.

Read the full article here.

Tags: the fed, reuters, federal reserve, citigroup, charles morris, big banks, bailout

Explainer: How economic “rents” affect inequality

At CBS MoneyWatch, TCF fellow Mark Thoma provides an "explainer" for economic rents.

Excerpt:

Economist Thomas Piketty's book, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," highlights the dangers of an economy dominated by inherited wealth -- an economy in which birth is more important than effort and ability. He provides evidence that the U.S. is headed in this direction -- toward what he calls "patrimonial capitalism" -- and Piketty recommends taking measures such as imposing high wealth and inheritance taxes to offset the accumulation of wealth that appears inherent to capitalist systems.

Read Thoma's entire piece here.

Tags: thomas piketty, rising inequality, moneywatch, mark thoma, economic rents, economic policy, cbs news, capitalism, capital in the twenty-first century

Today in corporate tax avoidance: Caterpillar’s ‘pink elephant’

TCF fellow Edward Kleinbard is quoted in an LA Times story on corporate taxes.

Excerpt:

Levin's previous investigations have shown that scams like this, in which income is arbitrarily designated as offshore to avoid U.S. taxes, are common. Estimates of what USC tax expert Edward Kleinbard terms "stateless income" earned by U.S. multinational corporations but untaxed, run as high as $1.7 trillion.

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