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Richard Rubin

covers federal tax policy. He worked at Congressional Quarterly and The Charlotte Observer before joining Bloomberg News in 2010.

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee proposed restructuring the U.S. tax code on Feb. 26, 2014.

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Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee proposed restructuring the U.S. tax code on Feb. 26, 2014.

Blackstone, Other Private Equities Face Corporate Tax Rates in Reform

Blackstone Group, KKR & Co. and other publicly traded private equity firms would be forced to go private or pay the corporate income tax under a plan from the top Republican tax writer in Congress. The proposal from Rep. Dave...

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John Koskinen waits to testify before his confirmation hearing at the Senate Finance Committee in Dirksen Building on his nomination to be commissioner of Internal Revenue Service.

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John Koskinen waits to testify before his confirmation hearing at the Senate Finance Committee in Dirksen Building on his nomination to be commissioner of Internal Revenue Service.

IRS Boneheaded or Political? — House Welcomes Commissioner

Boneheaded actions or political targeting? That’s the question that has loomed over the Internal Revenue Service for nine months — and it consumed Commissioner John Koskinen’s first appearance before the House Ways and Means Committee today. Republicans, including Reps. Dave...

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) at a news conference on the 50th anniversary of the start of the War on Poverty on Jan. 8, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) at a news conference on the 50th anniversary of the start of the War on Poverty on Jan. 8, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Camp Challenges IRS Rules Changes for Nonprofits

Dave Camp is still displeased with the Internal Revenue Service. The Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee requested a pile of documents from the U.S. tax agency today as he tries to stop rules that...

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Tom Daschle, senior policy advisor at DLA Piper and former U.S. Senator from South Dakota, in Washington, D.C., in this March 20, 2012 file photo.

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Tom Daschle, senior policy advisor at DLA Piper and former U.S. Senator from South Dakota, in Washington, D.C., in this March 20, 2012 file photo.

Obama Must Overcome ‘Lethargy’ in State of the Union: Daschle

Written with Michael Bender President Barack Obama must demonstrate passion that’s been lacking when he gives the annual State of the Union speech to Congress Tuesday night, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle says. Obama’s remarks should reflect the “universal recognition” that income inequality...

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Steven Miller, who was forced out as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, right, pauses while speaking during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing with J. Russell George, U.S. Treasury inspector general for tax administration, left, in Washington, D.C. on May 17, 2013.

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Steven Miller, who was forced out as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, right, pauses while speaking during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing with J. Russell George, U.S. Treasury inspector general for tax administration, left, in Washington, D.C. on May 17, 2013.

IRS Documents Conflict With Prior Statements About Political Reviews

Internal Revenue Service training materials released today contradict agency executives’ prior statements about their tests for determining when nonprofit groups are engaged in too much political activity. Last year, then-acting commissioner Steven Miller told lawmakers that the agency had never...

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Representative Dave Camp, a Republican from Michigan and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, left, during a hearing with Representative Sander Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 29, 2013.

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Representative Dave Camp, a Republican from Michigan and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, left, during a hearing with Representative Sander Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 29, 2013.

Camp: Pause IRS Regs on NonProfits

The Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee wants to press the pause button on Internal Revenue Service regulations that will shape how nonprofit groups can engage in politics. Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan proposed a bill that...

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington, D.C.

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington, D.C.

IRS Spending Versus Revenue

The Internal Revenue Service warns that budget cuts would impair its ability to enforce the tax code and prevent cheating. The top House Republican overseeing the agency’s budget disagrees. Rep. Ander Crenshaw of Florida told reporters today that he doesn’t...

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Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, right, with Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) after a news conference with members of the D.C. Council 'to call on the Senate and the administration to free D.C.'s local budget during the federal government shutdown' on Oct. 9, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, right, with Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) after a news conference with members of the D.C. Council 'to call on the Senate and the administration to free D.C.'s local budget during the federal government shutdown' on Oct. 9, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Bills Passed by Lawmaker Who Can’t Vote: Only in Washington, D.C.

Written with BGov’s Loren Duggan One of the members of Congress who wrote the most laws last year is a member of the House minority who doesn’t even get to vote. Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting delegate from the...

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