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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ISBN-13: 9780262338097
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 05/26/2017
Series: The MIT Press
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 560
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joel Slemrod is Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy and Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan, where he is also Director of the Office of Tax Policy Research.

Jon Bakija is Professor of Economics at Williams College.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Introduction 1

2 An Overview of the U.S. Tax System 15

3 Fairness 85

4 Taxes and Economic Prosperity 145

5 Simplicity and Enforceability 229

6 Elements of Fundamental Reform 289

7 Consumption Tax Alternatives 349

8 Starting from Here 391

9 A Voter's Guide to the Tax Policy Debate 411

Notes 417

References 471

Index 523

What People are Saying About This

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.

Austan Goolsbee

This updated version of Taxing Ourselves remains the essential resource on tax policy for students, researchers, and the interested public.

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 Auerbach , Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law, and Director, Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, University of California, BerkeleyA 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.

Louis Kaplow , Finn M. W. Caspersen and Household International Professor of Law and Economics, HarvardThis 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 CruzJoel 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.

Harvey Rosen , Department of Economics, Princeton University

Endorsement

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.

Harvey Rosen, Department of Economics, Princeton University

Alan J. Auerbach

With a fresh perspective informed by insights from the latest economic research, Slemrod and Bakija engage the reader with a wealth of information about our tax system, its problems, and the challenges we confront in attempting tax reform in an era of increasing inequality, growing national debt, and sharp political polarization. But perhaps the biggest barrier to tax reform is misunderstanding, to which this book is an effective antidote.

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.

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