David Gamage

Forget Congress and let the Fed handle tax rates

David Gamage and Aaron Goldzimer write for Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2016

The Fed is already charged with controlling the money supply in pursuit of stable inflation and full employment. Giving the Fed control over tax rates would mean that it would have another tool in its arsenal to help achieve those objectives, while better matching taxes to Congress’ spending over time.

As gig workers, Uber and Lyft drivers struggle with taxes

David Gamage quoted in KQED News, April 15, 2015

David Gamage … says the 1099-K could be a part of a business strategy…. “It’s entirely possible that a primary reason for their adopting these structures is to want to distance themselves from the actions of their drivers.”

Six words might decide the fate of Obamacare at the Supreme Court

David Gamage quoted in The Washington Post, March 1, 2015

“Nobody I talked to in government, including many people involved in the legislative process, thought this was a question,” recalled David Gamage, a tax law professor at the University of California at Berkeley hired to help the Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy implement the law. “Nobody thought the argument [limiting the subsidies] was persuasive.’’

Bay Area district wants to use tax dollars for private clubhouse

David Gamage interviewed by NBC Bay Area, July 25, 2014

“They aren’t supposed to be autonomous, but they are supposed to be accountable to their voters…. These districts don’t answer to the governor or to anybody else in the state directly. They’re only regulated indirectly the same way that any private organization or a nonprofit organization or other public organization is answerable to the state in terms of the state’s regulatory powers.”

IRS considers taxing work perks like food, gym membership

David Gamage interviewed on Fox News, April 16, 2014

David Gamage … said it would really boil down to who benefits from these perks. “To what extent is this intended as a perk, a form of compensation, for the benefit of the employee, or to what extent is this just another way the employer gets the employee to work harder and longer and do things for the benefit of the employer?”

A better direction for California’s climate change policy

Mark Gergen and David Gamage write for The Sacramento Bee, March 22, 2014

The proposed carbon tax is a much better mechanism for making those who burn fossil fuels pay for the privilege of doing so. The carbon tax is more transparent, specifying the sums that must be paid for the privilege of emitting greenhouse gases. And unlike cap and trade’s auction proceeds, revenue from a carbon tax can be returned to Californians through direct tax relief.

Obamacare enrollment: Will we make it?

David Gamage interviewed on NBC, February 14, 2014
“We can’t rule out, based on the numbers we see now, that almost everyone on the exchange pool is somebody who had some form of insurance before,” noted David Gamage…who helped implement the Affordable Care Act while working at the U.S. Treasury Department. “Now, that may or may not be the case…. We just don’t know yet. We’ll have much better information in a few months.”