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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.

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.

Costly frills: Extending 529 deduction

3/13/18

The proposed expansion of Iowa’s 529 program adds administrative complexity, reduces revenue for other needs, and disproportionately benefits high-income families.

Setting the stage for cuts

3/8/18

The plan includes some desirable reforms that need not have come at the expense of essential public services that inevitably will have to be cut in the face of revenue losses. It also omits reforms that could enhance Iowa tax fairness. 

IFP News: Governor’s tax cut plan sets stage for service cuts

3/7/18

Governor Kim Reynolds’ tax proposal trades massive cuts in public services for small savings for lower-income taxpayers, larger savings for high-income taxpayers and few meaningful strides toward fairness in a system that already treats the poor poorly and raises too little revenue to avoid mid-year cuts.

Senate: Rising inequity, less revenue

2/28/18

Overall the Senate plan would erode revenues, create structural budget deficits for years to come, and force cuts certain to imperil Iowa’s basic infrastructure and traditionally accepted responsibilities for its residents.

Cliff ahead: Learn from Kansas

2/22/18

Despite chronic revenue shortfalls that have forced a series of mid-year budget cuts, senators are moving a tax-cut bill forward without even an analysis of its impact.

Give tax plans full review

2/21/18

Neither fairness nor adequate funding of state services appear to be the focus of either bill, but let’s give serious analysis a chance.