Federal Tax

On March 19, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute almost $1 billion to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to fund conservation and recreation projects. These funds have been raised through a rather well-designed excise tax levied on firearms as well as hunting and
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Congress’s latest coronavirus relief package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history and will allocate $2.2 trillion in support to individuals and businesses affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. Many people have questions about how the new law impacts their families and businesses. The Basics
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State and local governments across the country split $150 billion in federal aid under a provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed on March 30th. The division of these dollars, made available through the new Coronavirus Relief Fund, has generated significant confusion. Here, we explain how the money is allocated,
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Millions of American workers have been laid off due to the economic downturn associated with the spread of the coronavirus. Complying with both the Trump Administration and applicable state government self-quarantine guidance, many have lost their jobs. According to the Department of Labor (DOL), jobless claims reached 3.28 million last week, an increase of 3
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Countries around the world are implementing emergency tax measures to support their debilitated economies under the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat. Providing tax relief to the people and companies that are most affected, until the emergency abates, is welcome. Countries should consider tax relief measures because the health issue is creating a substantial economic shock. Taxes that
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Yesterday, House Democrats released the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, which is proposed legislation for tackling the coronavirus public health emergency and related economic downturn. The bill can be contrasted with the Senate Republican CARES Act, although they share some similarities by providing individual taxpayers with a rebate and modifying business tax provisions
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The coronavirus crisis is creating an unprecedented economic shock, and lawmakers are debating how to use fiscal policy tools to stimulate the economy and accommodate businesses and households during the public health emergency. One word frequently mentioned in these conversations is liquidity, which describes whether firms and individuals have enough cash (or assets that can
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The coronavirus-related lockdowns and quarantines are causing a major but temporary pause in economic activity. Many jobs and paychecks have been suspended. Congress and the Trump Administration are exploring tax relief and changes to unemployment benefits for individuals. Many businesses will experience a sharp reduction in cash flow, impairing their ability to make payroll, rent,
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Governmental responses to the coronavirus outbreak will require creativity and flexibility—and one aspect of that may involve temporarily rethinking how we structure not only unemployment insurance (UI) benefits but also the taxes that pay for them. As this public health crisis unfolds, it will be necessary to ensure that (1) those who lose their jobs
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Last Saturday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill (reportedly pending some potential technical changes) to help aid those affected by the current coronavirus crisis. The bill, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, would expand federal medical leave, create an emergency paid sick leave requirement, and provide tax credits against employer-side payroll taxes to
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Countries around the world are implementing emergency tax measures to support their debilitated economies under the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat. The following countries implemented or plan to implement tax relief for businesses and households affected by this health crisis: China has reduced its value-added tax (VAT) from 3 percent to 1 percent for the cash accounting
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