Monday, September 24, 2012

Permanent Change on the Way for the Estate Tax?

Jeffrey A. Cooper of Quinnipiac University School of Law makes the case in his recently published paper, Time for Permanent Estate Tax Reform:
In the next four years, preferably in the next four months, Congress and the President must work together to implement their own vision for the estate tax, rather than allowing mere inertia to effectuate choices made by their predecessors. Put simply, the Congress of 2013 must enact permanent estate tax reform.

Unfortunately, that task will not be so simple. In many ways, the challenge facing estate tax reform is but one narrow slice of a far larger problem confronting modern tax policy. In much of the recent past, Congressional action on tax legislation has been dictated by short-term considerations rather than long-term policy goals. Through skillful legislative drafting and genuine compromise, the President and the Congress of 2013 can reverse this trend. I offer this essay as a modest contribution to that effort.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Waldon: The Fiscal Cliff: Recession Looms Without Compromise, Leaders in Arkansas Fear

George Waldon of Arkansas Business warns of upcoming tax crisis in his article, The Fiscal Cliff: Recession Looms Without Compromise, Leaders in Arkansas Fear:

If Congress fails to address the so-called fiscal cliff, the United States faces another recession, leaving Arkansas political and business leaders to hope the critical hour of decision will force the appearance of bipartisanship.

The fiscal cliff remains an icon of the hour: a metaphorical escarpment built on a mountain of national debt that stands at $16 trillion and growing.

Threatening to send the economy tumbling over the edge in 2013 is a convergence of possible tax increases and automatic spending cuts intended to reduce the federal government's budget deficit.