What the GOP’s Putting Under Corporate America’s Tree

This year-end tax package is a grab bag of gifts for corporations and a lump of coal for working families.

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Treasury and IRS Make Inversions More Difficult

The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) acted last week to make corporate inversions more difficult for companies looking to swap their American address for a lower tax rate.

Corporate inversions allow U.S. corporations to register as a foreign corporation in order to lower the taxes they owe. But the transaction occurs largely on paper— meaning the location of many of a company’s employees, the markets the company serves, and the products themselves are unlikely to change significantly.

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Report: US Ranks as Third for Financial Secrecy

The Tax Justice Network has released the largest ever survey of global financial secrecy. The United States ranks third—only Switzerland (#1) and Hong Kong (#2) pose larger threats to financial transparency efforts, according to the index.

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Of, By, and For the People: Pro-Democracy Victories

Voters in Maine, Ohio, and Seattle approved statewide pro-democracy ballot initiatives last week. The successes of these ballot initiatives echo an increasing public interest in the negative role big money and influence can play in politics across the country.

Each state’s initiative took a different approach to protecting our democracy.

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Warren Bill Would Give Seniors a Raise; the SAVE Benefits Act Takes a Stand Against Inequality

Roughly two-thirds of seniors rely on Social Security for more than half of their income. In stark contrast, a new report we co-published last week with the Institute for Policy Studies found that the 100 largest CEO retirement accounts contain $4.9 billion—more than 41 percent of Americans families have saved for retirement, combined.

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The Deal’s Done: What’s in the Budget Agreement

Early this morning, the Senate passed a two-year budget deal, that President Obama is expected to sign soon.  It would:

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Paul Ryan Wants A “Healthy” Work-Life Balance… So Do We!

This week, Rep. Paul Ryan found himself in a very unique bargaining position with his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives. He held all the cards—they desperately needed him for his leadership, his determination, and his political prowess. For anyone who’s ever negotiated on salary, it was a dream situation. Republicans were basically reduced to pleading: Please, Paul, take the promotion! Just let us know your price!

And name a price he did.

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IRS Calls on Coca-Cola to Pay Up

Coca-Cola might owe an additional $3.3 billion in federal income taxes following an audit, says the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Debt Ceiling Crisis Déjà Vu?

In 2013, the country gasped at the willingness of radical deficit-hawks to hold the country’s credit-worthiness hostage in an attempt to force cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

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Trump’s is a Tax Plan for the Wealthy

The recently released details of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s anticipated tax plan provide insight into the real estate mogul’s vision for the tax code—a vision in which the wealthiest Americans receive massive tax giveaways.

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