• Does the IRS Need a Bigger Budget?

    By Michael Rainey

    The IRS is receiving an extra $320 million to help cover the costs of implementing the Republican tax overhaul, funds that can be used over the next 18 months to assist taxpayers, revise hundreds of...

  • A general view of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington

    Spending Bill Includes $320 Million for IRS to Implement Tax Law

    By Michael Rainey

    A frequent target of Republican scorn, the IRS has seen its budget cut significantly in recent years. But the spending deal for 2018 boosts the agency’s budget by $196 million compared to 2017, for a...

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    Who Benefits from ‘Opportunity Zones’?

    By Michael Rainey

    Governors have until today to nominate “opportunity zones” that are intended to bring investment capital and jobs to low-income communities in their states. The GOP tax bill established rules for the...

  • Will Ancient IRS Technology Eat Your Tax Refund?

    By Michael Rainey

    An essential piece of software involved in processing millions of tax returns for the IRS is “old enough to be a grandparent,” reports Nextgov , and officials are worried about what would happen if...

  • Chart of the Day: US Household Income

    By Michael Rainey

    The Congressional Budget Office released a new report Monday on the distribution of income in the U.S. Ignoring means-tested transfers and federal taxes, the average household income in 2014 was $19,...

  • The Best of Twitter’s #TaxValentines

    Seeing the #TaxValentines hashtag on Twitter got our hearts all aflutter today. Here are some of the tweets we loved best. If you can top these, send your submissions to

  • Mulvaney listens as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with members of the Republican Study Committee at the White House in Washington

    Can Mick Mulvaney Still Call Himself a Deficit Hawk?

    Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, may have just put out a budget proposal that never reaches balance and that projects more than $7 trillion in deficits over...

  • Delaware’s Tax Cut Gold Rush Is Coming to an End

    By Michael Rainey

    Since late 2017, hedge fund and private equity executives have created thousands of shell companies in America’s most forgiving tax jurisdiction in what appears to be an effort to game the Republican...

  • FILE PHOTO:  Fannie Mae headquarters is seen in Washington, DC, U.S. on February 21, 2014.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

    Fannie Mae Whacked by New Tax Rules

    By Michael Rainey

    The Republican tax overhaul took a big bite out of Fannie Mae, the mortgage giant that has been managed by the federal government since the 2008 financial crisis. The new tax rules forced Fannie Mae...

  • U.S. President Trump sits at his desk before signing bills at the White House in Washington

    Trump Clearly Has No Problem with Debt and Deficits

    By Michael Rainey and Yuval Rosenberg

    A self-proclaimed “king of debt,” President Trump has produced a budget that promises red ink as far as the eye can see. With last year's $1.5 trillion tax cut reducing revenues, the White House gave...

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