- Published: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012.
- Year Published: 2012
- Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
- Description: xiii, 271 p. ; 25 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
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The benefit and the burden : tax reform-- why we need it and what it will take
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Call number: 336.205 Ba
Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Fl., Traverwood Adult, West Adult
A brief history of federal income taxation -- How a tax bill is made -- The definition of income -- How to understand tax rates -- The relationship between tax rates and tax revenues -- How taxes affect economic growth -- The question of progressivity --Taxes and the business cycle -- How other countries tax themselves -- Spending through the tax code -- Taxes and the health system -- Tax preferences for housing -- How federal taxes affect the states -- The problem of charitable contributions -- The problem of taxing capital gains -- Some unresolved issues in the taxation of corporations -- The problem of tax administration -- The history of tax reform -- The pros and cons of popular tax reform proposals -- The need for more revenue -- The case for a value-added tax -- The case against a value-added tax -- What should be done about the Bush tax cuts? -- If tax reform happens, it will be because Grover Norquist permits it.
Analyzes the tax reform debate by exploring the advantages and costs of proposals that may become major issues in the next presidential campaign and during the coming years.
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