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Various Tax Benefits Increase in 2015 Due to Inflation Adjustments

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Govt Finance,Taxes

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/In-2015,-Various-Tax-Benefits-Increase-Due-to-Inflation-Adjustments

Agency press release announcing figures for 2015 tax year for tax brackets, standard deductions, exemptions and more.  From the Internal Revenue Service

 

Energy Policy: Information on Federal and Other Factors Influencing U.S. Energy Production and Consumption from 2000 through 2013

Categories: Energy,Laws/Regulations,Nuclear Energy,Science/Technology,Taxes

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/666270.pdf

Provides information on U.S. energy production and consumption and how federal government activities influence such production and consumption.  Covers fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy use.   From the Government Accountability Office

 

Trends in Compliance Activities Through Fiscal Year 2013

Categories: Govt Finance,Statistics,Taxes

http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2014reports/201430062fr.pdf

Reports on compliance with tax laws and revenue obtained.  The total dollars collected increased for the third straight year, to $2.9 trillion or 13% increase in FY2013.  From the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

 

Treasury Significantly Loosened Executive Pay Limits Resulting in Excessive Pay for Top 25 Employees at GM and Ally (GMAC) When the Companies Were not Repaying TARP in Full …

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt/Business Scandals,Income/Poverty,Taxes

http://www.sigtarp.gov/Audit%20Reports/SIGTARP_Special_Master_Report.pdf

Investigation that revealed GM and Ally top executives received the benefits of loosened pay restrictions contrary to the president’s pay reform plan for executives whose companies were slow in repaying TARP loans.  From the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program

 

Executive Order 24: Establishing an Inter-Agency Task Force on Worker Misclassification and Payroll Fraud

Categories: Govt Finance,Labor/Employment,Taxes,Virginia Issues

https://governor.virginia.gov/policy/executive-orders/eo-24-establishing-an-inter-agency-task-force/

Strikes back at the misclassification of employees as independent contractors and the loss of tax revenues by creating a task force to create a plan that reduces worker misclassification and payroll fraud.  From the Office of the Governor

 

Alternative Currencies

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Taxes

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-475.pdf

Outlines the different types and aims of these currencies, describes how alternative currencies are being used, and includes regulatory and policy challenges regarding consumer protection, financial crime and taxation and benefits.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Delays, Extensions, and Other Actions Taken by the Administration

Categories: Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Taxes

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43474.pdf

Covers actions taken by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Internal Revenue Service to delay, extend, or otherwise modify the law’s implementation.  A periodic report on implementation of the ACA.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Answers to Questions from Senator Hatch About Various Options for Payroll Taxes and Social Security

Categories: Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Taxes

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/45519-QFR_Hatch.pdf

Assesses the budgetary implications of altering Social Security payroll tax rates and the maximum amount of earnings on which those taxes are imposed in response to questions from Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah.  Includes tables showing effects of potential changes.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

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