The banks of the Hackensack River near an opportunity zone in Jersey City, N.J.
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U.S. opportunity zones can positively impact real estate development and help local communities. But to fully realize the program’s potential, it needs reform.
Donors who itemize their tax returns can get a discount.
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Giving $100 to a favorite charity costs less than that for the roughly 8.5% of Americans who use this tax break.
Since there’s no romantic relationship, judges are likely to default to ruling that platonic marriages are an attempt to game the system.
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Because any two consenting adults can get married in the US, a platonic marriage could pretty easily be pulled off. Legally speaking, though, it’s a sham.
Nurses in November 2016 expressed support for a ballot proposition to limit what California state agencies pay for prescription drugs.
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Citizens voting directly on policy seems like a good idea. But that led to the Brexit mess in the UK. In the US, two scholars say direct democracy deepens distrust of politics and government.
Some states and cities are getting very little for the taxpayer dollars they hand out to companies.
Recent scandals involving economic development programs in New Jersey and Maryland highlight their many flaws, including a lack of oversight and their ineffectiveness.
Amazon’s plan to build a new headquarters in Long Island City faced significant resistance.
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Amazon nixed plans to build a headquarters in Long Island City after some New Yorkers questioned the wisdom of offering billions in tax breaks in exchange for job promises. A Texas study suggests they had reason to worry.
It’s time to seriously rethink giving tax breaks for charitable donations, since ultimately taxpayers foot the bill for the deductions anyway.
Several countries — namely Austria, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland — have removed tax benefits for charitable donations. Here’s why Canada should follow suit.
For cities that lost like New Jersey, there may be more than one way to win.
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Some say the more than 230 cities that lost their bids for Amazon’s second headquarters were dupes in the retailer’s game. In fact, they were willing participants with their own aims.
Fewer Americans fund nonprofits these days.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is trying to make charitable donations easier and more affordable through a new employee benefit.
Charitable giving hit record levels in 2017.
Total gifts from individual donors are rising, at least for now.
The government should remove age based tax breaks to boost budget revenue.
Here are five ways the Treasurer could boost revenue to make the numbers work.
NRA volunteer shooting instructors Vern Marion and Brian Beck, firing at targets in 2002.
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The nation’s biggest gun advocacy group operates as a bundle of distinct organizations. It’s a fairly common arrangement, followed also by the likes of Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.
About 1 in 20 taxpayers may fill out this part of their returns beginning with the 2018 tax year.
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The lost incentives to give are likely to make a bigger difference than the small uptick in economic growth expected from the new law.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, left, leads a round of applause after his colleagues took a step toward changing the tax code.
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More than US$20 billion per year in giving is potentially at stake.
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If Americans become less healthy and have less access to health care, then everyone loses.
Attendees chat during Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network conference in 2014.
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Republicans rewriting the tax system have a rare opportunity to fix a major problem: most women-owned companies can’t take advantage of key provisions designed to help small businesses like theirs.
A federal housing incentive could have untapped potential.
With some tinkering, a federal tax credit that encourages developers to create new units that low-income Americans can afford to rent might yield other benefits.
The number of Americans who can get a tax break through their charitable contributions could tumble during the Trump administration.
The tax changes Trump and GOP lawmakers propose would reduce charitable giving, research suggests. But letting everyone use a tax break mostly enjoyed by the rich might prevent that.