Category Archives: Affordable Care Act

How Trumpcare cuts taxes for the wealthiest, in one simple chart

The Senate Republican health care bill is a massive tax cut bill for the wealthiest citizens  masquerading as health care reform.  It would eliminate the Net Investment Income Tax, which applies only to income from investments and only on taxpayers making more than $200,000 or $250,000, depending on filing status.  That’s the main reason almost 60 percent of the benefits of the bill would go to people making more than $1 million annually, while most people earning less than $100,000 would either lose benefits or save just a few dollars in taxes.

Here’s a graphic from The Upshot, in The New York Times, showing who wins and loses under Trumpcare.

ObamaCare tax prep requirements are catching subsidy recipients unaware

The Affordable Care Act made preparing and filing tax returns even more complicated last year (I know, you’d think that wasn’t possible) because of the gymnastics involved in running health insurance subsidies and credits through the tax code. Now we’re learning that thousands of people might lose their health insurance subsidies because they didn’t file… Continue Reading

How tricky will taxes be this year? The Oregonian counts the ways

Identity theft keeping thousands of people from electronically filing. Reconciling health insurance premium credits. Understanding changes in Oregon’s medical expense and political contributions credits. New rules for owners of rental properties and busienss that have any goods or equipment that might be depreciated. Brent Hunsberger of The Oregonian talked with me and several other tax… Continue Reading

Corporate Cayman Islands tax shelters rip off U.S. taxpayers

*”Corporations are people, my friend.” –Mitt Romney, August 11, 2011 Statistic of the day: A single five-story office building is the registered address of more than 18,000 companies. How is that possible? Well, the building is in the tax haven of the Cayman Islands, and most of those businesses are registered there only for tax… Continue Reading