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Treasury's official blog, featuring blog posts from Treasury's senior officials and staff sharing news, announcements and information about the work done at the Treasury Department.

Now That’s Progressive! : Closing the income inequality gap through the tax code

By: Mark J. Mazur
Monday, September 26, 2016

A progressive tax system – in which those with the highest incomes who are most able to pay taxes, pay a greater percentage of their income than those with lower incomes – has been a key principle of the American income tax system.  However, in the years prior to 2008, changes in tax policy sharply reduced the progressivity of the tax code. 
Posted in: Category 1

Friday: Tune In To The Live Webcast of the Freedman's Bank Forum

By: Dan Cruz
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

On Friday, September 23, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department will host the Freedman's Bank Forum to explore ways to build an economy that works for all Americans. The Forum will be webcast live on the Treasury’s website, and we invite you join us.
Posted in: Financial Inclusion

Treasury-Funded Evaluation of My Classroom Economy Curriculum Makes the Grade

By: Melissa Koide
Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Treasury Department’s Financial Empowerment Innovation Fund supports the development, testing, and evaluation of new products and services that make safe and affordable financial services available to more Americans.  We are pleased to share today the results of a recent research contract that was funded by the Treasury Innovation Fund.
Posted in: Financial Empowerment Innovation Fund

The Collapse of Lehman Revisited: Eight Years of Progress Toward a Stronger Economy and Financial System

By: Rob Friedlander
Thursday, September 15, 2016

​Today marks eight years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers – a bankruptcy that sent shockwaves through the global financial system and helped thrust our economy into the worst recession since the Great Depression.​
Posted in: Wall Street Reform

Examining Changes in Non-Residential Asset-Backed Securities Markets

By: Jake Liebschutz and Amyn Moolji
Thursday, September 01, 2016

This blog post is the sixth in a series on fixed income market dynamics by the Department of the Treasury to share our perspective on the available data, discuss key structural and cyclical trends, and reiterate our policy priorities. This post examines the non-residential asset-backed securities markets.​

Posted in: Fixed Income

Complementary Goals - Protecting the Financial System from Abuse and Expanding Access to the Financial System

By: Nathan Sheets, Adam Szubin, and Amias Gerety
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Correspondent banking relationships serve as important arteries within the global financial system.  By enabling money to flow both within and across economies, they improve livelihoods, bring more people into the financial system and foster global economic growth.  These relationships enable banks to facilitate international trade, conduct cross-border business and charitable activities, send remittances, and provide access to U.S. dollar financing.  They are essential to maintaining an inclusive and open financial system, and we are fully committed to safeguarding that system from abuse.
Posted in: Foreign Correspondent Banking

Secretary Lew and Secretary Burwell Send Letter to Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico

By: Dan Watson
Friday, August 26, 2016

We are writing to you and the other members of the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico to underscore the urgency of putting in place policies that restore growth to Puerto Rico.  We appreciate that Congress responded to our call for action by enacting the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) into law and are prepared to continue to work together to promote economic growth. 
Posted in: Puerto Rico

Treasury Releases White Paper on European Commission’s State Aid Investigations into Transfer Pricing Rulings

By: Robert B. Stack
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

​Over the last several months, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew and his staff have engaged extensively with the European Commission to express our concerns related to its State aid investigations.  Secretary Lew wrote to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in February urging the Commission to reconsider these new actions while reaffirming our commitment to continued collaboration through the BEPS project.
Posted in: Tax

Examining Changes in the Treasury Repo Market after the Financial Crisis

By: James Clark and Tom Katzenbach
Friday, August 12, 2016

This post explores some of the ways in which the Treasury repo market, both in the tri-party and the bilateral segments, has changed over the past several years, including: (1) the volume of market activity, (2) the relative price of repo, and (3) direct repo trading without a dealer intermediary.  Although this market has undergone a variety of changes since the financial crisis, the Treasury repo market continues to function well.
Posted in: Fixed Income

Treasury Issues Proposed Regulations to Close Estate and Gift Tax Loophole

By: Mark J. Mazur
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

​Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced a new regulatory proposal to close a tax loophole that certain taxpayers have long used to understate the fair market value of their assets for estate and gift tax purposes.​
Posted in: Tax Policy
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