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Author Slemrod, Joel.

Title Taxing ourselves : a citizen's guide to the debate over taxes / Joel Slemrod and Jon Bakija.

Imprint Cambridge, Mass. ; London : MIT Press, c2008.

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 Moore Stacks  HJ4652 .S528 2008    Available  ---
Edition 4th ed.
Description xii, 382 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Note Previous ed.: 2004.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [343]-363) and index.
Contents Preface -- 1. Introduction -- Complaints about the current tax system -- A different way to tax -- Objections to radical reform -- Changes in the context of the current system -- The need for objective analysis -- What's in this citizen's guide -- 2. An overview of the U.S. tax system -- How governments in the United States get their money -- International comparisons -- Historical perspectives on the U.S. tax system -- Personal income taxation -- Basic features of the U.S. corporate income tax -- The Social Security payroll tax -- Estate and gift taxes -- Conclusion -- 3. Fairness -- Vertical equity and tax progressivity -- Horizontal equity : equal treatment of equals -- Transitional equity -- Conclusion -- 4. Taxes and economic prosperity -- Taxes and the business cycle -- Budget deficits and surpluses -- How much should government do? -- Tax cuts to force spending cuts versus surpluses to prepare for an aging population -- How taxes affect long-run economic prosperity : a first cut at the evidence -- How taxes affect economic prosperity : the specifics -- Conclusion --
5. Simplicity and enforceability -- How complicated is our tax system? -- What makes a tax system complicated? -- What facilitates enforcement? -- Conclusion -- 6. Elements of fundamental reform -- A single rate -- A consumption base -- A clean tax base -- Conclusion -- 7. What are the alternatives? -- How the consumption tax plans work -- At what rate? -- Simplicity and enforceability of the consumption tax plans -- Distributional effects of the consumption tax alternatives -- Economic effects of consumption tax plans -- Conclusion -- 8. Starting from here -- Integration : eliminating the double taxation of corporate income -- Corporate welfare and corporate tax shelters -- Inflation indexing -- Capital gains -- Savings incentives in the income tax -- The estate tax -- Simplifying the income tax -- Technological improvements and the promise of a return-free system -- The President's advisory panel on federal tax reform -- A hybrid approach : combining a VAT with income taxation -- Conclusion --
9. A voter's guide to the tax policy debate -- Tax cuts versus tax reform -- Tax cuts as a Trojan horse -- The devil is in the details -- The tax system can't encourage everything -- Fairness is a slippery concept but an important one -- Be skeptical of claims of economic nirvana -- The tax system can be improved -- 2010 : A double witching hour -- Notes -- References -- Index.
Subject Income tax -- United States.
Taxation -- United States.
Verenigde Staten.
Added Author Bakija, Jon M.
Added Title Citizen's guide to the debate over taxes
ISBN 9780262693639 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780262195737 (hc. : alk. paper)
0262195739 (hc. : alk. paper)
0262693631 (pbk. : alk. paper)