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Articles by Alex Brill

Inversion Crackdown Dodges Real Job Opportunities Wednesday, September 24, 2014
New Treasury Department regulations aimed at restricting corporate inversions are more about politics than policy. They won’t help the economy and may have the ...
One Step Closer to Tax Reform Thursday, February 27, 2014
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp’s tax reform proposal shows political courage and embraces admirable policy objectives.
8 Things to Know about the Candidates’ Tax Policies Friday, November 2, 2012
It behooves voters to see through the Obama campaign’s political games and understand a few basic facts about the president’s record on taxes and about the ...
The Romney Tax Plan: Not a Tax Hike on the Middle Class Sunday, October 7, 2012
A report by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC) has been used to claim that Romney will hike taxes on the middle class. A closer look, however, and ...
Understanding Tax Fairness (and Why the Buffett Rule Is a Distraction) Tuesday, April 17, 2012
While the number of tax returns filed jumped from 107 million in 1987 to 140 million in 2009, the number of taxable returns actually fell from 87 million to 82 ...
Banks and Government Near Settlement on Mortgages: What Does It Mean? Monday, January 23, 2012
A fair settlement could facilitate the restart of lending and help accelerate the repair of the housing sector. But if President Obama successfully capitalizes ...
The Payroll Tax Holiday Is a Bad Bipartisan Idea Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Attempting to manage the business cycle by turning on and off temporary provisions is risky business and creates uncertainty for taxpayers.
IRS Bounces on Checks Friday, December 2, 2011
How did the IRS fail to utilize modern payment technology that benefits taxpayers?
Housing Finance: For Once, Please Leave It Alone Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The housing sector is not well. Politicians to the rescue?
Please Actually Read My Research Saturday, April 30, 2011
Galen Institute founder Grace-Marie Turner’s recent opinion piece on the Medicaid drug program is deeply misguided.
The Unemployment Insurance Crisis Tuesday, June 29, 2010
As of this summer, unemployment insurance trust funds in 30 states were insolvent.
Why Obama’s ‘Tax Cuts’ Won’t Work Thursday, January 8, 2009
Despite their political appeal, $500 per worker tax credits will do very little to actually boost the economy.
A Little-Known Map of Tax Policy Thursday, March 15, 2007
Geography and the literal political landscape are helping shape the response to the Alternative Minimum Tax.