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Rational Tax Reform: Using the Systems Engineering Process to Fix America's Broken Tax System

Rational Tax Reform: Using the Systems Engineering Process to Fix America's Broken Tax System

by Jim Hartung


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America's tax system is a mess. In this groundbreaking book, Jim Hartung, an expert systems engineer, proposes a plan to fix it, using the same process engineers use to develop complex products such as aircraft and spacecraft.

Rational Tax Reform uses system engineering to develop a comprehensive tax reform proposal that:

  • Balances the federal budget, funds universal health care, and restores Social Security to financial health without increasing the burden on taxpayers
  • Simplifies the tax code and makes it fairer by eliminating all itemized deductions and most tax credits, tax preferences, and loopholes
  • Stimulates economic growth by decreasing tax rates and replacing the corporate income tax with a more efficient value-added tax
  • Includes features to control government spending, address climate change, and reduce political corruption

The proposed tax reform is only one example of many possible alternatives--yet it clearly illustrates how systems engineering could enable rational, enlightened, and nonpartisan tax reform.

Rational Tax Reform also describes how systems engineering can be used to address other social, economic, and political problems beyond tax reform.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949642315
Publisher: Authority Publishing
Publication date: 06/10/2020
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

Jim Hartung has nearly forty years' experience as a systems engineer, manager, and executive in the aerospace and energy industries--primarily at Boeing, United Technologies, and Rockwell International. As a result, he understands how all these companies apply systems engineering to complex challenges. His website (JimHartung.com) provides additional information regarding tax reform and the use of systems engineering to address societal problems.

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