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October 24, 2013
The Tax Policy Podcast will be taking a break for a while as we look to improve and restructure the podcast to be a more effective tool for promoting principled tax policy. Thanks for listening, and stay tuned for more details.
October 17, 2013
Tax Foundation Economist Elizabeth Malm discusses her new study on the economic effects of Amendment 66 that found the increased taxes on low and middle income earners and small businesses could prove harmful to Colorado's economy.
October 10, 2013
Tax Foundation economist Scott Drenkard discusses the 2014 edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index, which enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare.
October 4, 2013
Tax Foundation Vice President for Legal and State Projects Joseph Henchman discusses his latest study (with Scott Drenkard) on what The Cornhusker State can do to reform its tax code and build on its current economic successes.
September 26, 2013
This week Tax Foundation Chief Economist William McBride discusses his new study on the nation's low investment rate and how a few key reforms can help turn it around and stimulate new economic growth.
September 19, 2013
Thinking about moving? The National Center for Policy Analysis has created a free online calculator to determine how the decision to move to another state will impact your family’s standard of living. On this episode of the Tax Policy Podcast we chat with NCPA Senior Fellow Pamela Villarreal about how the tool works and what users can learn from it.
September 12, 2013
Andrew Bagley of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation discusses the problematic creation and implementation of Massachusetts' new tax on computer and software services. More on Massachusetts here.
September 5, 2013
This week we examine a couple of new interactive tools that our listeners can use to help them understand economic policy. First, we talk with Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute, and take a look at the customizable federal spending chart on DownsizingGovernment.org. Next we have a conversation with...
August 29, 2013
Retail sales taxes are one of the more transparent ways to collect tax revenue. While graduated income tax rates and brackets are complex and confusing to many taxpayers, the sales tax is easier to understand: people can reach into their pocket and see the rate printed on a receipt. Less known, however, are the local sales taxes collected in 38 states. These rates can be substantial, so a state with a moderate statewide sales tax rate could actually have a very high combined state-...
August 22, 2013
The various credits, deductions, and loopholes in the tax code known collectively as “tax expenditures” have increased dramatically since the last major reform effort, and now account for almost twice the cost that they did in the early 1990s. In this episode, Tax Foundation chief economist William McBride discusses how that happened and what should be done now to reform the system. More information is available in Tax...
August 16, 2013
Christopher Bergin, president and publisher of Tax Analysts, discusses his organization's recent legal action against the Internal Revenue Service, and how Congress and the media have responded to the accusations of political targeting of nonprofit groups.
August 9, 2013
Tax Foundation president Scott Hodge on the so-called “Blank Slate” approach to tax reform, and what the economic impact would be of eliminating various credits and deductions in the tax code. Background material: The Economics of the Blank Slate: Estimating the Effects of...
August 2, 2013
Tax Foundation chief economist William McBride discusses President Obama's recent proposals to cut corporate tax rates while increasing tax burdens on U.S. multinational companies operating abroad.
July 25, 2013
Tax Foundation economist Kyle Pomerleau discusses new legislation to simply the multiple federal programs that subsidize higher education. More information available in Kyle's latest study, "The Higher Education and Skills Obtainment Act: A Proposal to Reform Higher Education Tax Credits."
July 18, 2013
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (Republican) and attorney and entrepreneur Robert Sarvis (Libertarian), both candidates for Governor of Virginia this year, join us to talk about their plans for the state's tax system. Tax Foundation economist Scott Drenkard starts us out, discussing his latest study on...
July 12, 2013
The Buckeye Institute's Greg Lawson discusses tax reform efforts in Ohio.
July 5, 2013
  Scott Pattison,  Executive Director of the National Association of State Budget Officers, discusses the recent rise in state revenues and what we can expect state budgets to look like going forward.
June 27, 2013
Tax Foundation analyst Nick Kasprak discusses the Supreme Court's recent decision in United States v. Windsor, which struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. Additional resources: Tax Policy Blog, "Joint Filing in the Tax Code" by Nick Kasprak (6/26/13)...
June 20, 2013
Tax Analysts Executive Vice President David Brunori discusses gasoline taxes and the advantages to connecting the person who pays a tax with the benefits it pays for. See more from David on Twitter. Additional resources: "Gas Tax is the Way to Go" by David...
June 13, 2013
Tax Foundation economist Elizabeth Malm discusses the latest negotiations over comprehensive tax reform in The Tar Heel State. Additional resources: Tax Foundation Fiscal Fact No. 373, "North Carolina Considers Impressive Tax Reform...
June 6, 2013
Michael Kaiser of WineAmerica, a trade association of American wineries, discusses the tax and regulatory issues facing winemakers at the state and national level. Check out wine tax rates in all 50 states with this map.
May 31, 2013
National Taxpayers Union Director of Research Demian Brady discusses the latest version of the BillTally report, which details all of the federal budget increases and spending cuts proposed during the 112th Congress.
May 23, 2013
Tax Foundation economist Kyle Pomerleau explains the issues behind the Senate hearing this week at which Apple executives were grilled over the company's international tax planning strategies. Additional material: Video:...
May 17, 2013
Beer Institute Chief Economist Lester Jones explains the tangled web of federal, state, and local taxes that get applied to the beer we drink. Find out more about the economic impact of beer on the U.S. economy here.
May 10, 2013
Tax Foundation analyst and programmer Nick Kasprak explains his newest interactive creation, the North Carolina Tax Reform Calculator. More on North Carolina here.
May 2, 2013
Maine Heritage Policy Center CEO (and former Tax Foundation Senior Economist) J. Scott Moody discusses the recently-announced tax reform plan unveiled by a group of 11 Pine Tree State legislators. The so-called "Gang of 11" plan, chiefly written by Sen. Richard Woodbury (I-Yarmouth), would cut some tax rates...
April 25, 2013
Vice President for Legal and State Projects Joseph Henchman discusses online sales taxes and the proposed "Marketplace Fairness Act". Read more on the issue here.
April 18, 2013
Tax Foundation economist Scott Drenkard discusses the proposal by Gov. Rick Perry to reform the complicated, burdensome, and unpopular "margin" tax in Texas. Additional material: Tax Foundation Fiscal Fact No. 279, "...
April 11, 2013
Our guest this week is John Stapleford, the Director of the Center for Economic Policy and Analysis at the Caesar Rodney Institute in Delaware. Dr. Stapleford discusses the recent move in Delaware to permenently extend "temporary" 2009 tax increases that had been scheduled to sunset.
April 4, 2013
Tax Foundation Chief Economist William McBride discusses Tax Freedom Day 2013.
March 28, 2013
Tax Foundation Vice President for Legal and State Projects Joseph Henchman discusses his latest background paper, How Is the Money Used? Federal and State Cases Distinguishing Taxes and Fees.
March 21, 2013
Tax Foundation Senior Fellow Stephen Entin discusses the dueling budget plans in Congress: the Republican plan from House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan and the Democrats' plan from Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Patty Murray. Read Steve's full analysis, "...
March 15, 2013
Tax Foundation Fellow Michael Schuyler discusses the advantages of cutting the U.S. corporate tax rate.
March 7, 2013
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson returns to the podcast to discuss the most serious problems with the Internal Revenue Service and how to fix them. Olson leads the Taxpayer Advocate Service, a nationwide organization of approximately 2,000 taxpayer advocates who help U.S. taxpayers resolve problems and work with the IRS to correct systemic...
February 28, 2013
Marc Scribner, Fellow in Land-use and Transportation Studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, discusses the recent changes in transportation funding and state taxes approved by the Virginia state legislature. For more background on the plan, see "...
February 21, 2013
American Enterprise Institute Resident Scholar Alan Viard discusses the 3.8% tax on investment income that was part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health care legislation also known to some as "ObamaCare." Originally passed in 2010, the tax just went into force this year.  Alan explains the details behind this tax - misleadingly named the "Unearned Income Medicare Contribution" - and what economic effects...
February 15, 2013
Tax Foundation president Scott Hodge reflects on the tax policies in President Obama's fifth State of the Union address.
February 7, 2013
Tax Foundation economist Elizabeth Malm discusses recent budget proposals by Governor Paul LePage of Maine. For more background, see Tax Foundation Fiscal Fact No. 356, "Maine Governor Sneaks Subtle Income Tax Hike into Budget; Suspends Funding to Local Governments" by Elizabeth Malm...
February 1, 2013
Tax Foundation Vice President for Legal & State Projects Joseph Henchman dicusses his new study (with Scott Drenkard) North Carolina Tax Reform Options: A Guide to Fair, Simple, Pro-Growth Reform.
January 25, 2013
Why is cigarette smuggling so rampant across state borders? Michael LaFaive of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy answers that question on the podcast this week, citing his latest research (with co-author Todd Nesbit) on how high excise taxes on cigarettes have created a flourishing black market. For more on cigarette smuggling, see Tax Foundation Fiscal Fact No. 351, "...
January 18, 2013
Tax Foundation economist Scott Drenkard explains the tax reform plan being proposed by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, which would eliminate the state's corporate and individual income taxes.
January 10, 2013
Reason Foundation policy analyst Harris Kenny discusses the tax and regulatory policies being developed by the state of Colorado in reaction to the passage of Amendment 64, which legalized the possession and sale of marijuana in the state.
January 3, 2013
Tax Foundation President Scott Hodge discusses the fiscal cliff compromise recently approved by Congress and what it means for economic growth and tax reform efforts going forward.
December 20, 2012
Tax Foundation Chief Economist William McBride discussion the conclusions of new new study, "What Is the Evidence on Taxes and Growth?" Follow Will on Twitter at @EconoWill.
December 14, 2012
Tax Analysts Executive Vice President David Brunori discusses the awards that were recently given out for the "Best of 2012" by State Tax Notes, including the recognition of the Tax Foundation as Organization of the Year for the second year in a row.
December 7, 2012
Party guests lend their voices to the Tax Policy Podcast to help celebrate our 75th anniversary.
November 29, 2012
Cato Institute Director of Tax Policy Studies Chris Edwards discusses his recent report, the Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors 2012.
November 15, 2012
Tax Foundation analyst and programmer Nick Kasprak discusses the state-by-state impacts of expiring "fiscal cliff" tax provisions and the MyTaxBurden calculator.
November 8, 2012
Lee Schalk, Manager of State Government Relations at the National Taxpayers Union, analyzes the outcome of the 2012 state and local ballot measures.
November 1, 2012
Tax Foundation Senior Fellow Stephen Entin estimates the economic impact of President Obama's tax proposals. For more information, see Tax Foundation Fiscal Fact No. 339, “Simulating the Economic Effects of Obama’s Tax Plan.”
October 25, 2012
Tax Foundation economist Elizabeth Malm discusses the latest edition of our Annual State-Local Tax Burden Ranking report.
October 19, 2012
National Taxpayers Union Vice President Brandon Arnold discusses NTU's Ballot Guide for the 2012 election, in which they evaluated approximately 750 ballot measures, initiatives, and state constitutional amentmentds relating to tax and budget policy.
October 11, 2012
Tax Foundation economist Scott Drenkard discusses the 2013 State Business Tax Climate Index.
October 4, 2012
Tax Foundation Chief Economist William McBride Talks about the changing demographics of American taxpaying households (and the increasing number of nonpayers) as detailed in the new publication "Putting a Face on America's Tax Returns."
September 13, 2012
Illinois Policy Institute Executive Vice President Kristina Rasmussen discusses the teachers union strike in Chicago and what it tells us about tax and budget policy in the state.
September 6, 2012
David Ozgo, Chief Economist for the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S., discusses the aftermath of Washington state's liquor privatization initiative.
August 30, 2012
Tax Foundation economist Scott Drenkard discusses a recent report on the estate tax issued by Congress' Joint Economic Committee, while adding trechant observations of his own.
August 17, 2012
Steve Buckstein, a Senior Policy Analyst at the Cascade Policy Institute in Portland, Oregon, discusses the state's tax rebate system, known as the "tax kicker."
August 2, 2012
Jason Mercier, Director of the Center for Government Reform at the Washington Policy Center, discusses taxpayers getting a vote on tax increases in Washington State.
July 26, 2012
Independence Institute president Jon Caldara comments on Gov. John Hickenlooper's tax policy in Colorado and the findings of a public advisory panel that has claimed wide support for an income tax increase in the state.
July 19, 2012
Tax Foundation analyst and programmer Nick Kasprak explains President Obama's proposed tax increases on individuals earning over $200,000 and couples earning over $250,000.
July 12, 2012
Tax Foundation economist Scott Drenkard talks about the inaccurate tax stats put out this week by the office of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and discusses whether high taxes are causing families to flee the state for lower-tax locales.
July 5, 2012
This week, for the first time ever, is a special podcast double-feature! We take a look at the contentious negotiations over tax and budget policy taking place in New Jersey between Gov. Chris Christie and the Democratic leadership in the state legislature. Our guests are Jerry Cantrell of the Common Sense Institute of New Jersey and Steve Lonegan...
June 28, 2012
Tax Foundation Vice President for Legal & State Projects Joseph Henchman discusses the impact of the Supreme Court's verdict on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
June 21, 2012
Prof. Sheldon Pollack of the University of Delaware discusses his recent article for Tax Notes, "Arenas of Federal Tax Policy.”
June 15, 2012
Tax Foundation Vice President for Legal and State Projects Joseph Henchman discusses the top ten tax trends at the state level.
June 5, 2012
Erin Henry of the University of Connecticut School of Business discusses the difference between corporate tax estimates based on standard accounting practices vs. IRS guidelines. Read more about her research here.
May 31, 2012
Tax Foundation Economist Mark Robyn discusses the recent state tax changes passed by the legislature in Kansas.   
May 24, 2012
Tax Foundation Vice President of Legal & State Projects Joseph Henchman explains the legal fight over cities and states trying to expand their travel and tourism taxes to online travel sites. For more on this topic, see Tax Foundation Special Report No. 198, "Taxation of Online Travel Services."  ...
May 10, 2012
Maryland Public Policy Institute Senior Fellow Gabriel Michael discusses the planned special session of the Maryland General Assembly and the proposals they'll be considering to raise income taxes in the state.
May 3, 2012
Business owner Pete Vegas explains how a single visit to Washington state ended up saddling him with an assessment for $180,000 in business and occupation taxes.
April 26, 2012
National Taxpayers Union Vice President Andrew Moylan discusses the trend of local governments investing millions (and in some cases hundreds of millions) of dollars in municipal broadband projects that compete with private ISPs. The amount of debt these projects are accumulating is documented in the recent study Municipal...
April 19, 2012
Tax Foundation economist Will McBride discusses the implications of Taxmageddon - the $500 billion tax increase that is coming at the end of 2012 - and what Congress and the White House can do to stop it. More on income taxes here.
April 12, 2012
Prof. David Tuerck, executive director of the Beacon Hill Institute in Boston and chairman of the Suffolk University Department of Economics, discusses the tax climate in Massachusetts and the state's many tax expenditures. More on Massachusetts here.
April 5, 2012
Tax Foundation economist Will McBride discusses his new report, "Tax Freedom Day Arrives on April 17, 2012." More on Tax Freedom Day here.
March 22, 2012
Tax attorney and SNR Denton partner John Harrington discusses the problem with enacting more and more temporary provisions in the federal tax code. More on income taxes here.
March 15, 2012
Prof. John Garen of the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass Institute discusses the new tax reform effort launched by  Gov. Steve Beshear. More on Kentucky policy here.
March 8, 2012
Tax Foundation president Scott Hodge discusses our new study on business tax costs in the 50 states, Location Matters: A Comparative Analysis of State Tax Costs on Business. More on corporate income taxes here.
March 1, 2012
Our guest this week is James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. James discusses the tax climate in the Great Lakes State, and how Gov. Rick Snyder and the state legislature recently reformed the much-disliked Michigan Business Tax. More on Michigan...
February 23, 2012
Tax Foundation president Scott Hodge discusses the pros and cons of President Obama's recently-announced plan for corporate tax reform. More on corporate income taxes here.
February 16, 2012
Tax Foundation economist Will McBride discusses his recent study on income inequality in the U.S. and what other researchers have been failing to mention.
February 9, 2012
Maryland Taxpayers Association president Dee Hodges discusses the many tax increases Gov. Martin O'Malley has proposed in the Old Line State. More on Maryland policy here.
February 2, 2012
Tax Foundation economist Mark Robyn discusses his most recent report, the 8th edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index. The Index accounts for dozens of state tax provisions, creating a single easy-to-use score that measures each state against the tax climates of every other state. More on state tax and spending policy here.
January 26, 2012
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson discusses the work of the Taxpayer Advocate's office and the contents of her most recent report to Congress, including underfunding at the IRS, identity theft, and the need for a Taxpayer Bill of Rights. More on income taxes...
January 19, 2012
South Carolina Policy Council policy analyst Braum Katz discusses the details on Gov. Nikki Haley's proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which includes tax cuts for both corporations and individuals. More on South Carolina here...
January 12, 2012
Maine Rep. Seth Berry (D-Bowdoinham) explains the problem with "tax zappers" - programs that allow merchants to evade sales taxes - and the bill he is co-sponsoring to address the problem. More on sales and use taxes here. ...
January 5, 2012
Tax Foundation Vice President for Legal & State Projects Joseph Henchman discusses how U.S. corporations are taxed on their overseas earnings and how the system could be improved. Related material: Tax Foundation Special Report 197, "Rethinking U.S. Taxation of Overseas Operations: Subpart F,...
December 22, 2011
Tax Foundation economist Will McBride discusses his recent study grading the tax plans of the GOP candidates for president. Related material: Tax Foundation Fiscal Fact No. 287, "Presidential Candidate Tax Plan Report Card" by Will McBride, David Logan, and Scott Hodge (12/19/11)...
December 15, 2011
Reason Foundation Senior Policy Analyst Adam Summers discusses public finances in the Golden State and the multiple tax increase proposals that could confront voters at the polls in 2012. Related material: Tax Policy Blog, "Tax Increase Proposals Bubbling Up for California Ballot" by Joseph...
December 8, 2011
American Enterprise Institute Resident Scholar Andrew Biggs discusses the failure of the super-committee, the future of payroll taxes and social security, and the chance for reform of the federal budget process. Read more from Andrew at AEI's blog The Enterprise.
December 1, 2011
Tax Foundation economist Will McBride discusses proposals in Congress to cut payroll taxes and simultaneously place an addition income surtax on millionaires. More on federal income taxes...
November 23, 2011
Pelican Institute president Kevin Kane talks about the recent vote in Louisiana to ban the imposition of new real estate "transfer" taxes, what else needs to change in the state's taxing and spending priorities, and how developments in the Gulf reflect wider trends across the country. Related material: Pelican Post, "...
November 17, 2011
Rio Grande Foundation President Paul Gessing discusses the plan by New Mexico Gov. Susanna Martinez to propose new state tax reform measures to help create jobs and attract investment. Listeners can also read more publications from Rio Grande on Tax & Budget...
November 10, 2011
Independence Institute Fiscal Policy Center Director Penn Pfiffner discusses the defeat of the Colorado tax increase proposal known as Proposition 103 and what comes next for tax and spending policy in the Centennial State. Related material: Citizens' Budget...
November 3, 2011
Tax Foundation analyst Scott Drenkard discusses the efforts of sities and states to fight obesity with higher taxes on candy and soda. Related material: Tax Foundation Special Report 196, "Overreaching on Obesity: Governments Consider New Taxes on Soda and Candy" by Scott Drenkard....
October 27, 2011
Tax Foundation economist Will McBride discusses the tax plans of the various candidates for president in 2012, including proposals from President Obama, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Ron Paul and more.
October 20, 2011
Tax Foundation Vice President for Legal & State Projects Joseph Henchman discusses his new study on government unemployment programs, including funding shortfalls, perverse incentives, and opportunities for reform of the system.
October 13, 2011
Audrey Spalding, a policy analyst at the Show Me Institute in Missouri, talks about business tax credits and what her state's legislature should do to attract investment and provide for real job growth. More on taxes in Missouri here.
October 6, 2011
Alan Viard, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, talks about individual tax reform and the limits of what can be accomplished though the pursuit of a broad tax base and low rates. Related material: AEI Tax Policy Outlook, "The Benefits and Limitations of Income Tax Reform" by Alex M. Brill and Alan Viard (September 2011)....
September 29, 2011
George Runner, member of the California Board of Equalization, discusses recent developments in California tax policy. Runner, a former state Senator, tackles the debate over online retailers and the state’s "Amazon" law, the property tax legacy of Proposition 13, and the protections afforded by the Golden State’s Taxpayer Bill...
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