Policymakers should not increase the taxation of Social Security benefits. People with low and moderate incomes should be exempt from paying tax on their benefits.
Policymakers should broaden the tax base by limiting tax preferences that do not efficiently achieve important policy goals.
Passing responsibilities down to lower levels of government should be undertaken primarily to place services closer to the people being served and to maximize administrative
Tax reform should focus on raising sufficient revenue. It should make the tax system more equitable and efficient.
Reforming business taxes, such as the corporate tax or a tax on the financial industry, should be considered in any effort to raise additional revenue.
Limitations on the exclusions for other employer-provided benefits—such as life insurance, tuition, and parking—are a desirable method of broadening the tax base and making
Eligibility for the exclusion for employer-provided health insurance should be determined based on the employer’s coverage rules.
Lawmakers should maintain the tax-deferred status of employer-provided pensions as a critical way of promoting retirement savings.
The threshold for the medical expense deduction should be kept as low as possible.