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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1988
Hey, wait a minute! Why is Congress catching all of the brickbats for "tax simplification" and the resulting mess which has occurred in our tax code? I have the very clear recollection that the pressure for tax simplification was coming from Ronald Reagan. The President, unwilling to confront the real problems of budget deficits and attendant need for tax increases, seized upon the slogan-concept of tax simplification, a non-solution to a non-problem. And so, along with motherhood, apple pie, the flag and "Morning in America," we got tax simplification.
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OPINION
August 2, 2012
Politicians on both sides of the partisan divide want to simplify the federal tax code by pruning the thicket of loopholes, exemptions and credits. In fact, President Obama and his presumptive Republican opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, have both promised to seek tax simplification if elected in November. A new study by three fiscal policy experts, however, shows that if simplification is coupled with a deep cut in rates, as Romney has proposed, lower- and middle-income Americans would have to pay more in taxes just to keep the same amount of revenue flowing into the Treasury.
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BUSINESS
May 28, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The incoming chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell announced a major shake-up, including new managers, a reorganization of businesses and job cuts. Peter Voser, who takes the CEO job July 1, said the changes would "increase accountability in the company and improve Shell's performance on delivering new projects." The moves are similar to simplification pushes undertaken earlier by Shell's main European rival, BP, and by the world's largest oil company, Exxon Mobil Corp.
BUSINESS
May 28, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The incoming chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell announced a major shake-up, including new managers, a reorganization of businesses and job cuts. Peter Voser, who takes the CEO job July 1, said the changes would "increase accountability in the company and improve Shell's performance on delivering new projects." The moves are similar to simplification pushes undertaken earlier by Shell's main European rival, BP, and by the world's largest oil company, Exxon Mobil Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2000
I'm sorry that Tom Shales didn't enjoy "The Miracle Maker" as much as I did ("Biblical 'Miracle Maker' Is No Flashy Feat of Clay," April 22). Shales writes that the action was "observed by a little boy, a generic little boy." The show contained numerous references to that character as Jairus' daughter. The wording "In my Father's home, there are many rooms" is not a dumbed-down simplification. Those are nearly the exact words found in the New International Version, one of the more accurate translations of this era. It is hardly a concession to children in the audience to communicate with modern English rather than poetical language nearly 400 years old. PAUL YOUNG El Segundo
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1988
My wife and I work and consider ourselves middle-class wage earners who have never had the benefits of so-called tax shelters. Yet, we were disbelieving at first, then appalled at what we found on completing our 1987 taxes. Our income was up 10% over 1986. At the same time, our taxes were up an astronomical 323%. Did Congress stand up and take the heat by calling for a tax increase in 1987? No! It was called "tax simplification" and "closing a few loopholes." In an underhanded and sneaky way, Congress has once again perpetrated a fraud on the American public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1999
Your two April 20 articles, one related to lax security at Energy Department laboratories and the other related to the VPOTUS' [Al Gore's] sickly attempt at language simplification, have a very important aspect in common: They will both be taken seriously when the people at fault are identified, held responsible and fired. Anything less is just blowing smoke and is sure to be completely ineffectual. In the real world we understand that you do your job, or else. However, wherever the government steps in, the real world is shut out; the fact that "responsible" comes from the root "to answer for" is quite forgotten and "responsible" comes to mean merely "authorized."
OPINION
August 2, 2012
Politicians on both sides of the partisan divide want to simplify the federal tax code by pruning the thicket of loopholes, exemptions and credits. In fact, President Obama and his presumptive Republican opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, have both promised to seek tax simplification if elected in November. A new study by three fiscal policy experts, however, shows that if simplification is coupled with a deep cut in rates, as Romney has proposed, lower- and middle-income Americans would have to pay more in taxes just to keep the same amount of revenue flowing into the Treasury.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2000
The Dec. 9 cover asked, "Is Melissa Etheridge too controversial?" ("Battling Society's Monsters," by Randy Lewis). A better question is: If the musician were an African American woman describing the outrage caused by the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., instead of being a white lesbian describing the outrage caused by the torturous murder of Matthew Shepard, would The Times dare to ask if she was "too controversial"? For Lewis to conclude that Etheridge makes Shepard's slaying "a modern-day equivalent to the crucifixion of Jesus" is not only an incorrect simplification of the song's meaning, such a suggestion helps to create an atmosphere that allows those "monsters" Etheridge sings about to hide without fear.
NEWS
May 24, 1985 | GEORGE SKELTON, Times Staff Writer
President Reagan's much-advertised national television address to unveil his tax-simplification plan Tuesday night will be short on details and long on rhetoric in an effort to control the public debate and initial news coverage, the White House conceded Thursday. The speech long has been awaited by members of Congress and special-interest groups who have been anxious to see Reagan's final tax-simplification plan, 16 months in the making.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2002 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Treasury Department used Monday's tax filing deadline to launch the first in an expected series of tax simplification proposals--this one aimed at creating a single definition of a "qualifying child" for purposes of all the various child-oriented tax breaks. Next year, there will be more than 52 million taxpayers with children.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2001
"Measure Offers Little Relief for Marrieds" [June 3] went to great lengths to promote the idea that a "marriage penalty" is the problem in achieving a fair tax system. This is not totally correct, as it does not address the "singles penalty." The real problem is the "marriage bonus." The answer is to return to the way the U.S. Tax Code was originally written and eliminate joint returns. Then there's no penalty when two wage earners get married, and singles will be taxed more fairly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2001
When Washington enacts a new tax law it is essential that tax simplification be a part of it, no matter what size of tax cut emerges. Targeted tax simplification can, in itself alone, result in lower taxes. The labor and expense of tax-return preparation causes a horrendous leakage of national wealth, like a small hole punched in the bottom of a barrel of fine wine. RUSS CONNORS Santa Maria
BUSINESS
June 28, 2000
A former commissioner for the U.S. Customs Service plans to discuss efforts underway in Congress to simplify the collection of tariffs and facilitate the entry of imports to the country Thursday in Los Angeles. George Weise is also expected to discuss the Customs Service's own plans for entry simplification and how they mesh with a House bill that seeks to create periodic filing of duties and import documentation to replace the requirement of filing per shipment.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2000
I'm sorry that Tom Shales didn't enjoy "The Miracle Maker" as much as I did ("Biblical 'Miracle Maker' Is No Flashy Feat of Clay," April 22). Shales writes that the action was "observed by a little boy, a generic little boy." The show contained numerous references to that character as Jairus' daughter. The wording "In my Father's home, there are many rooms" is not a dumbed-down simplification. Those are nearly the exact words found in the New International Version, one of the more accurate translations of this era. It is hardly a concession to children in the audience to communicate with modern English rather than poetical language nearly 400 years old. PAUL YOUNG El Segundo
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2000
The Dec. 9 cover asked, "Is Melissa Etheridge too controversial?" ("Battling Society's Monsters," by Randy Lewis). A better question is: If the musician were an African American woman describing the outrage caused by the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., instead of being a white lesbian describing the outrage caused by the torturous murder of Matthew Shepard, would The Times dare to ask if she was "too controversial"? For Lewis to conclude that Etheridge makes Shepard's slaying "a modern-day equivalent to the crucifixion of Jesus" is not only an incorrect simplification of the song's meaning, such a suggestion helps to create an atmosphere that allows those "monsters" Etheridge sings about to hide without fear.
NEWS
May 31, 1985 | GEORGE SKELTON, Times Staff Writer
President Reagan, promoting his new tax plan on the 220th anniversary of a historic revolutionary speech here by Patrick Henry, urged "rebellion" against Washington Thursday and expressed sympathy for the "cult of cheating" among American taxpayers. "It's not considered bad behavior," Reagan said of tax cheating and referring to modern American morals. "After all, goes this thinking, what's immoral about cheating a system that is itself a cheat? That isn't a sin, it's a duty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1985
How's this for fairness and simplification in tax reform? Get rid of itemizing and all deductions. Allow only the exemptions. The tax brackets could then be various percentages that would increase with the size of the income. JANET WAGNER Woodland Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1999
Your two April 20 articles, one related to lax security at Energy Department laboratories and the other related to the VPOTUS' [Al Gore's] sickly attempt at language simplification, have a very important aspect in common: They will both be taken seriously when the people at fault are identified, held responsible and fired. Anything less is just blowing smoke and is sure to be completely ineffectual. In the real world we understand that you do your job, or else. However, wherever the government steps in, the real world is shut out; the fact that "responsible" comes from the root "to answer for" is quite forgotten and "responsible" comes to mean merely "authorized."
NEWS
June 8, 1997 | JANET HOOK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The big tax-cut bill that Congress is sitting down to write is, in the end, a triumph of politics over philosophy. Despite high-flying rhetoric about the need to reform a loophole-ridden tax code, some analysts say the emerging legislation looks more like a shopping list for competing constituencies than a fundamental redirection of government policy.
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