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    Who Pays Taxes?

    Issues in Brief

    One of the most hotly debated issues of our time is the fairness of our federal tax system. But too often, discussions are clouded and confused because they focus on only one part of our federal tax system–usually the individual income tax — and ignore the fact that Americans pay many other taxes, such as the payroll tax, the corporate income tax, and the estate tax. To assess whether the tax system is fair or not, it is important to look at the combined taxes that people pay, not just at one tax.


    More Stop-and-Go Financing of Highway Trust Fund

    Last week, Congress voted in favor of a two-month extension of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), which will allow the Department of Transportation to continue funding the repair and construction of highways and mass transit. Highway Trust Fund spending authority was scheduled to expire at the end of the month, but policy makers acted to extend the deadline to allow the fund to continue to meet its obligations until July 31, which is the high season for roadway construction and repair work.


    Peter G Peterson Foundation Releases New Health Care Reform Study

    NEW YORK (October 30, 2009) - A study commissioned by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation on S. 1796, America's Healthy Future Act of 2009 (the "Act") confirms the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis that the bill, as passed by the Senate Finance Committee, could result in slightly lower deficits if it is implemented as intended and remains unchanged. The study, conducted by The Lewin Group, mirrors ths findings that new revenues and savings under the bill, would exceed new spending.


Fiscal Confidence Index

Survey: Modeled after the Consumer Confidence Index, the Fiscal Confidence Index is a monthly national survey that measures public opinion about the national debt.

The Tax Reform Opportunity

Video: Our tax code is complex, unfair, and insufficient. Learn more about the opportunity we have to reform and improve tax policy.