The Kogod Tax Center's Letter Submission to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance - April 2015
In response to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance request for public comments on how to make the U.S. tax code simpler, fairer and more efficient, American University's Kogod School of Business Tax Center announced it is undertaking ground-breaking tax policy research to consider how the tax code can be overhauled to reflect the explosive growth of the "Uber economy" and the people who are driving.
These small business owners are "Emerging Entrepreneurs" that need a tax code and administration system that gives them maximum flexibility to grow their business and enhance their contributions to this dynamic new sector of the American economy.
The letter illustrates some of the problems Emerging Entrepreneurs are facing in the current filing season and urges the Senate Finance Committee to investigate these issues in connection with tax reform.
Bloomberg BNA's Daily Tax Report published the results of Kogod Tax Center's second tax policy survey. Conducted over a month-long period during the 2012 tax return filing season, it sought insights from an audience mostly comprised of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) about issues they are facing this year, such as those related to client relations, practice management, and changing tax laws and IRS rules. View the publication below.
Kogod Tax Center in Bloomberg BNA's Daily Tax Report
The Kogod Tax Center along with Bloomberg BNA's Daily Tax Report published the results of a survey conducted at the end of November 2011 regarding tax reform priorities for small business and medium to large enterprises. View the publication below.
The last time Congress enacted substantial tax reform—in 1986—only 8.2% of American households owned personal computers. Today, more than 87% of American adults own a mobile phone and on-demand platforms like Uber, Etsy, Lyft, Airbnb, HomeAway, Amazon, and TaskRabbit have become household names by connecting businesses and consumers. Although millions of Americans are engaging in the on-demand platform economy every day as sellers and service providers, the tax compliance challenges this new frontier presents have gone relatively unnoticed.
This report, in keeping with the mission of the Kogod Tax Policy Center to conduct non-partisan research on tax issues specific to small businesses and entrepreneurs, identifies the tax compliance challenges the on-demand economy presents for its small business operators.