Tag Archive for ‘tax’

Tax Reform Discussion Draft: What the Housing Industry Needs to Know

Chairman Dave Camp of the House Ways and Means Committee published a discussion draft of a comprehensive tax reform proposal on February 26th. The 979 page legislative draft adopts the policy strategy of broadening the tax base, while lowering income tax rates. These changes are approximately revenue neutral according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. In practice, this approach means the elimination… Read More ›

Housing-Related Tax Rules That Expired at the End of 2013

At the end of 2013, a number of housing-related tax provisions expired. Collectively, these housing and other tax rules are part of a set of policies known as “tax extenders,” which have traditionally been extended every year or so. While there is growing support for extending most, if not all, of these provisions, a potential debate on comprehensive tax reform may delay any Congressional effort to extend… Read More ›

Senate Finance Staff Discussion Draft: Energy Tax Incentives

Last week saw the release of yet another discussion draft from the staff of the Senate Finance Committee concerning tax reform. Following draft proposals concerning depreciation/accounting and other business expenses (such as advertising), the most recent draft proposes changes to the tax code’s rules concerning energy production and energy-efficient improvements. Under the draft proposal, most existing energy tax incentives would be… Read More ›

Advertising Expenses – On the Tax Reform Radar

Comprehensive tax reform is guided by a simple formula that masks a complex process that produces winners and losers. The formula is broaden the base, lower the rates. This means increasing what most taxpayers report as taxable income, but taxing that larger number at a lower marginal tax rate. To broaden the base, tax policymakers must curtail or eliminate many… Read More ›

Finance Chair Tax Reform Draft: Impacts for Builders and Multifamily

This week saw the release of a number of tax reform drafts from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus.  Coming after drafts concerning international tax rules and tax administration, the final release of the week involved depreciation and accounting issues. A number of these proposals would have negative impacts for home building, multifamily, and real estate in general.  It should be… Read More ›

Land Value Tax: An Alternative to the Property Tax

An alternative to the local property tax, the land value tax offers certain benefits over the economically inefficient property tax. However, its novelty and legal and political challenges continue to make it an elusive option at this time. According to numerous polls, the most hated tax is the local property tax. Economists Marika Cabral and Caroline Hoxby argue that Americans… Read More ›

The Fiscal Cliff: What it Means for Housing and Home Builders

At the end of 2012, a number of tax and spending policies are scheduled to change. Taken together, these changes may exert a strong fiscal drag on an already fragile macroeconomic environment depending on the actions of Congress. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke calls this the “fiscal cliff.” Tax policy analysts call it “taxageddon” or “taxmageddon.” Regardless of its name,… Read More ›

Tax Week: The Real Estate Tax Deduction

As tax filing season comes to a close, now is a good time to take a look at some of the basic facts concerning the deduction for property taxes paid on an owner-occupied home. As homeowners past and present know, this deduction helps offset the cost of homeownership. A few facts about the deduction from 2010 data:  The property tax deduction… Read More ›