Teaching Note: Let's Stop Professing That the Legal Incidence of the Social Security Tax Is Irrelevant
AbstractThe U.S. Social Security levy is widely used by economists to illustrate the irrelevance of legal tax incidence for economic incidence. However, the levy's magnitude in conjunction with an asymmetry in the U.S. federal income tax code make the levy's legal incidence highly relevant for its economic incidence. The legal incidence of the social security levy is irrelevant only to workers who are disinterested in large variations in take-home pay.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.
Volume (Year): 26 (2000)
Issue (Month): 4 (Fall)
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Incidence; Income Tax; Social Security; Tax Incidence; Tax;
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- H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
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