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

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Overview

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 presenting in clear nontechnical language the key issues in tax reform: who should pay taxes, how taxes affect the economy, and whether to reform or replace the current tax system. The authors discuss various alternative proposals in detail, including the flat tax and the sales tax, but they are not advocates for any of them; instead, they provide readers with the knowledge and the tools--including an informative overview of the U.S. tax system and an invaluable voter's guide to the tax policy debate--to make their own informed choices about how we should tax ourselves.

The third edition of this popular guide has been extensively revised and updated to cover all changes in tax laws through May 2003 and to reflect the most recent research and relevant data. It also provides new or expanded treatment of issues in the current debate, including tax cuts and whether they stimulate the economy, savings incentives, double taxation of corporate income, the estate tax, corporate tax shelters, and the economic and political effects of budget deficits.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262693639
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Edition description: fourth edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 822,471
  • 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 theUniversity 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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