A recent report on tax revenue sources shows that social insurance taxes—also referred to as social security contributions or payroll taxes—are an important revenue source for European governments. Social insurance taxes, as opposed to individual income taxes, are usually levied at a flat rate. The revenue is generally used to fund specific social programs, such
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Sinelia Louis will finally be eligible to apply for a PPP loan due to changes by the Biden administration that allow access for non-citizen small business owners. Sinelia Louis When Sinelia Louis, 50, heard about the recent changes to the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, she felt like her prayers had been answered. “I
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Auditing costs have been increasing in recent years for public companies, thanks to new accounting standards and corporate acquisitions, according to a study released Thursday. The study, from Financial Executives International’s Financial Education & Research Foundation and the Center for Audit Quality, found average audit fees went up 6 percent from 2018 to 2019 due
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Kathy Kraninger, former president Donald Trump’s appointee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images “Big deal” Both are a type of qualified mortgage, a category that carries legal protections for lenders from consumer lawsuits. That may happen, for example, if borrowers can’t make monthly payments and lose their homes to
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Scandinavian countries are well-known for their broad social safety net and their public funding of services such as universal health care, higher education, parental leave, and child and elderly care. High levels of public spending naturally require high levels of taxation. In 2019, Denmark’s tax-to-GDP ratio was at 46.3 percent, Norway’s at 39.9 percent, and Sweden’s at
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In addition to the federal estate tax, with a top rate of 40 percent, some states levy an additional estate or inheritance tax. Twelve states and the District of Columbia impose estate taxes and six impose inheritance taxes. Maryland is the only state to impose both. Hawaii and Washington State have the highest estate tax top rates in
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Pavlo Gonchar | LightRocket | Getty Images The firm that provides clearing and settlement services for brokers proposed shortening the time it takes to settle a trade, amid the GameStop controversy that caused brokerages like Robinhood to restrict trading. The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, or DTCC, outlined what a T+1, or one-day settlement period,
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MoMo Productions | Getty Images Millions of self-employed and gig workers got good news this week. The Biden administration on Monday changed how the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program calculates forgivable loans for the smallest firms and sole proprietors. But there’s a catch. The updated formula — which will likely lead to larger loan
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Table of Contents Key Findings President Joe Biden and congressional policymakers have proposed several changes to the corporate income tax, including raising the rate from 21 percent to 28 percent and imposing a 15 percent minimum tax on the book income of large corporations. The proposals are being considered to raise revenue for new spending
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Change and uncertainty are a feature of our world alongside innovations in our fast-changing economy. Investments in new business models and intangible assets — such as brands, technology and customer relationships — are increasingly key to driving value creation as companies research new technologies, cultivate customer relationships, manage their workforce and more. But information related
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If you buy something through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Working in an office typically involves spending a great deal of time sitting in an office chair – a position that adds stress to the structures in the spine. Sitting down for an extended amount of time actually
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Delaying filing; inbox anxiety; a new voice; and other highlights from our favorite tax bloggers. Fun times ahead Tax Vox (https://www.taxpolicycenter.org/): Opponents of additional federal aid to state and local governments have noted that overall state revenue declines have not been as bad as expected during the pandemic, thus the need for assistance has lessened.
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In December, scholars David Hope and Julian Limberg released a study with the London School of Economics (LSE) examining the economic effects of reducing tax rates for high-income individuals and corporations. The paper illustrates how overlooking an important element of the tax system—the structure of the tax base—can lead to an incomplete understanding of how
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