Taxing the Poor: Doing Damage to the Truly Disadvantaged

Taxing the Poor: Doing Damage to the Truly Disadvantaged

by Katherine S. Newman, Rourke L. O'Brien
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520269675

ISBN-13: 9780520269675

Pub. Date: 02/27/2011

Publisher: University of California Press


This book looks at the way we tax the poor in the United States, particularly in the American South, where poor families are often subject to income taxes, and where regressive sales taxes apply even to food for home consumption. Katherine S. Newman and Rourke L. O’Brien argue that these policies contribute in unrecognized ways to poverty-related problems…  See more details below

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This book looks at the way we tax the poor in the United States, particularly in the American South, where poor families are often subject to income taxes, and where regressive sales taxes apply even to food for home consumption. Katherine S. Newman and Rourke L. O’Brien argue that these policies contribute in unrecognized ways to poverty-related problems like obesity, early mortality, the high school dropout rates, teen pregnancy, and crime. They show how, decades before California’s passage of Proposition 13, many southern states implemented legislation that makes it almost impossible to raise property or corporate taxes, a pattern now growing in the western states. Taxing the Poor demonstrates how sales taxes intended to replace the missing revenue—taxes that at first glance appear fair—actually punish the poor and exacerbate the very conditions that drove them into poverty in the first place.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520269675
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/27/2011
Series:
Wildavsky Forum Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments

1. The Evolution of Southern Tax Structures
2. Barriers to Change: Inertia, Supermajorities, and Constitutional Amendments
3. The Geography of Poverty
4. Tax Traps and Regional Poverty Regimes
5. The Bottom Line
Conclusion: Are We Our Brothers' Keepers?

Appendix I. How Many Lags of X? by Scott M. Lynch
Appendix II. Tables
Notes
Index

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