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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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262693028
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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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.

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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