Taxing Ourselves: A Citizen's Guide to the Debate over Taxes / Edition 4

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Overview

As Albert Einstein may or may not have said, "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax." Indeed, to follow the debate over tax reform, the interested citizen is forced to choose between misleading sound bites and academic treatises. Taxing Ourselves bridges the gap between the two by discussing the key issues clearly and without a political agenda:
Should the federal income tax be replaced with a flat tax or sales tax? Should it be left in place and reformed? Can tax cuts stimulate the economy, or will higher deficits undermine any economic benefit? Authors and tax policy experts Joel Slemrod and Jon Bakija lay out in accessible language what is known and not known about how taxes affect the economy, offer guidelines for evaluating tax systems, and provide enough information to assess both the current income tax system and the leading proposals to reform or replace it (including the flat tax and the consumption tax). The fourth edition of this popular guide has been extensively revised to incorporate the latest information,
covering such recent developments as the Bush administration's tax cuts (which expire in 2011) and the alternatives proposed by the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform. Slemrod and
Bakija provide us with the knowledge and the tools--including an invaluable voter's guide to the tax policy debate--to make our own informed choices about how we should tax ourselves. Joel Slemrod is
Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy and Director of the
Office of Tax Policy Research at the University of Michigan. Jon Bakija is Associate Professor of
Economics at Williams College and Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Cornell University Law
School, 2007-2008. [as per authors 7/12/07]

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Editorial Reviews

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

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

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262195737
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Edition description: fourth edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Slemrod is Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Ross School of Business, Professor of Economics, and Chair of the Economics Department at the
University of Michigan. He is the coauthor, with Jon Bakija, of Taxing Ourselves,
now in its fourth edition from the MIT Press.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 An overview of the U.S. tax system 13
3 Fairness 55
4 Taxes and economic prosperity 97
5 Simplicity and enforceability 157
6 Elements of fundamental reform 189
7 What are the alternatives? 233
8 Starting from here 273
9 A voter's guide to the tax policy debate 309
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