Tax Changes Policy Makers Should Pursue in 2016

The tax system can be a confusing beast. That’s why we’ve put together some of the tax changes policy makers should be pursuing in 2016.TaxSystemCongress

Change the Inflation System

Only half of our states tag their income tax brackets to inflation. This is damaging for everyone, especially those on low incomes. Citizens are therefore paying higher taxes, even though their incomes aren’t increasing. All states should be indexed to inflation to ensure income tax reflects the wider economy.

Expand Earned Income Tax Credit

It’s not the perfect tax credit, but it’s effective at relieving the working poor. It helps to reduce the damage caused by certain states and their regressive tax systems. States without one should adopt it and those with the tax credit should expand on it.

Independent Tax Tribunals

Barely half of our states employ independent experts to chair tax disputes. All the other states have tribunals chaired by people from the revenue department. This state of affairs is borderline corrupt and there’s nothing fair about it. States should adopt a more equitable system.

Go Against Tax Incentives

Tax incentives are unnecessary and unfair. They often waste money and they are against the principles of the free market. Although this is a mammoth task, policy makers should not neglect it.

More Transparency

Finally, there should be a higher level of openness within the tax system. State governments should be more forthcoming with policy information. The opinions of tax experts should not be restricted. It should be released to the public.

What tax changes would you make in 2016?

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About the author

Seattle CPA+John Huddleston has written extensively on tax related subjects of interest to small business owners. He is a graduate of Washington State University and the University of Washington School of Law.

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