Taxing Ourselves: A Citizen's Guide to the Debate over Taxes

Taxing Ourselves: A Citizen's Guide to the Debate over Taxes

by Joel Slemrod, Jon Bakija
     
 

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The third edition of a popular guide to the key issues in tax reform, providing detailed discussion of the current system and alternative proposals, an overview of principles that should govern tax policy, and a voter's guide to the tax policy debate. See more details below

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The third edition of a popular guide to the key issues in tax reform, providing detailed discussion of the current system and alternative proposals, an overview of principles that should govern tax policy, and a voter's guide to the tax policy debate.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Jeff Madrick

An excellent book.

Choice - E. D. Craig

This truly splendid book effectively outlines most issues related to a major topic of concern today. Tax policy and options for badly needed tax reform are thoroughly and engagingly dealt with by mixing serious debate with supporting anecdotes. The book is well written and carefully argued.

From the Publisher
Praise for earlier editions: "A fair-minded exposition of a politically loaded subject." Kirkus Reviews

Praise for earlier editions: "An excellent book." Jeff Madrick New York Times

Praise for earlier editions: "This truly splendid book effectively outlines most issues related to a major topic of concern today. Tax policy and options for badly needed tax reform are thoroughly and engagingly dealt with by mixing serious debate with supporting anecdotes. The book is well written and carefully argued." E. D. Craig Choice

Business Library Review - Robert C. Schiming

Citizens should read Taxing Ourselves before casting their votes in local, state, and national elections. Politicians should read Taxing
Ourselves
before taxing us.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262195058
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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What People are saying about this

Peggy Musgrave
"This book is a most timely and thoughtful discussion of the federal tax system and current proposals for its reform. Thorough, objective, and up-to-date in its analysis and set in the historical/political context, this book is a must-read for every citizen and student who wishes enlightenment on one of the most vital and controversial issues of the day."—Peggy B. Musgrave, University of California,Santa Cruz

Alan Auerbach

The newest edition of Taxing Ourselves provides a comprehensive treatment of the issues and a fresh look at recent developments in US
tax policy. Using the clear language that has been a hallmark of earlier editions,
Slemrod and Bakija lead the citizen taxpayer through the jungle of tax provisions and jargon to an understanding of how the tax system affects our lives, how we might do better, and what roadblocks stand in the way.

Harvey Rosen

Joel Slemrod and Jon Bakija have done it again. The new edition of
Taxing Ourselves is a beautifully written and up-to-date treatment of the theoretical, empirical, and institutional aspects of tax policy.
Both students and aficionados of tax policy will find this volume an invaluable resource.

Peggy B. Musgrave

This book is a most timely and thoughtful discussion of the federal tax system and current proposals for its reform. Thorough, objective, and up-to-date in its analysis and set in the historical/political context, this book is a must-read for every citizen and student who wishes enlightenment on one of the most vital and controversial issues of the day.

From the Publisher
"The newest edition of Taxing Ourselves provides a comprehensive treatment of the issues and a fresh look at recent developments in US tax policy. Using the clear language that has been a hallmark of earlier editions,Slemrod and Bakija lead the citizen taxpayer through the jungle of tax provisions and jargon to an understanding of how the tax system affects our lives, how we might do better, and what roadblocks stand in the way." Alan J. Auerbach , Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law, and Director, Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, University of California,Berkeley

"This book is a most timely and thoughtful discussion of the federal tax system and current proposals for its reform. Thorough, objective, and up-to-date in its analysis and set in the historical/political context, this book is a must-read for every citizen and student who wishes enlightenment on one of the most vital and controversial issues of the day." Peggy B. Musgrave , University of California, Santa Cruz

Louis Kaplow

A major impediment to rational tax reform is that most politicians,
journalists, and citizens fail to grasp the key issues. Even those who understand much about taxes may be naïve about tax policy. With Taxing
Ourselves
, all can stop making excuses and start making sense.

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