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Research Archives for 2018

Skimpy health plans: No solution

7/30/18

Farm Bureau plans aren’t the only type of skimpy coverage that could pose a threat in Iowa.

Tax plan facts vs. spin

5/5/18

Agreed-to tax overhaul for Iowa means less revenue, greater inequity favoring the wealthy, while missing the mark on promised reforms for simplification and middle class.

Remember value of refundable EITC

4/27/18

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) promotes and rewards work in the state of Iowa.

Yet another loophole for Iowa?

4/24/18

Questions for Iowa before adopting the pass-through loophole need answers: Costs of $100 million-plus, benefits to wealthy — some vs. others at the same income.

RAC: Biggest players win big

4/4/18

Do these highly profitable companies need state subsidies? Would Iowa legislators choose these subsidies over funding for education, human services and public safety?

Plugging loopholes could boost revenue

3/27/18

Unlike a tax increase, combined reporting is an accountability tool assuring a state can enforce its existing tax code against tax-avoidance gimmicks.

Enhancing tax fairness for families

3/27/18

While the federal tax code works to support working families with children in making ends meet, current Iowa tax law often does just the opposite.

Perils of a constitutional convention

3/21/18

Resolutions now before the Iowa Legislature — ostensibly for specific purposes — actually could put our entire Constitution at risk.

Taxing seniors: Retirees benefit already

3/21/18

Seniors are least likely to live in poverty and most likely to have substantial wealth, but legislators keep looking for ways to cut their taxes.

Passing through a special break

3/19/18

A special federal tax break for business income claimed for personal income tax purposes is complicated, poorly understood, and costly — and now it’s being considered by Iowa state lawmakers.