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Taxing Ourselves, 3rd Edition: A Citizen's Guide to the Debate over Taxes

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  • Joel Slemrod

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    (University of Michigan)

  • Jon Bakija

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    (Williams College)

Abstract

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.

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This book is provided by The MIT Press in its series MIT Press Books with number 026269302x and published in 2004.

Volume: 1
Edition: 3
ISBN: 0-262-69302-X
Handle: RePEc:mtp:titles:026269302x

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  1. McPhail, Joseph E. & Orazem, Peter & Singh, Rajesh, 2010. "The Poverty of States: Do State Tax Policies Affect State Labor Productivity?," Staff General Research Papers 31552, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  2. Joel Slemrod, 2007. "Cheating Ourselves: The Economics of Tax Evasion," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 21(1), pages 25-48, Winter.
  3. Christophe, Faugere, 2003. "A Required Yield Theory of Stock Market Valuation and Treasury Yield Determination," MPRA Paper 15579, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 04 Jun 2009.
  4. Essama-Nssah, B., 2008. "Assessing the redistributive effect of fiscal policy," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4592, The World Bank.
  5. Gale, William G., 1997. "What Can America Learn from the British Tax System?," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association, vol. 50(4), pages 753-77, December .
  6. Joel Slemrod, 1998. "The Economics of Taxing the Rich," NBER Working Papers 6584, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  7. V. Umashanker Trivedi & Mohamed Shehata & Stuart Mestelman, 2004. "Attitudes, Incentives, and Tax Compliance," McMaster Experimental Economics Laboratory Publications 2004-04, McMaster University.
  8. Peter Wilson, 2002. "An Analysis of a Cash Flow Tax for Small Business," Treasury Working Paper Series 02/27, New Zealand Treasury.
  9. Eduardo Engel & Alexander Galetovic, 1998. "¿Qué hacer con los impuestos que pagan las ganancias de capital en Chile?," Documentos de Trabajo 46, Centro de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Chile.
  10. Henrekson, Magnus & Sanandaji, Tino, 2013. "Small Business Activity Does not Measure Entrepreneurship," Working Paper Series 959, Research Institute of Industrial Economics, revised 26 Jan 2014.
  11. Rixen, Thomas, 2008. "Politicization and institutional (non-) change in international taxation," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Global Governance SP IV 2008-306, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
  12. Kent Smetters & Jan Walliser, 2002. "Dropping Out of Social Security," Working Papers wp022, University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center.
  13. David Altig, 2001. "Simulating Fundamental Tax Reform in the United States," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 91(3), pages 574-595, June.
  14. Brian Roach, . "03-10 "Progressive and Regressive Taxation in the United States: Who’s Really Paying (and Not Paying) their Fair Share?"," GDAE Working Papers 03-10, GDAE, Tufts University.
  15. Luc Godbout & Matthieu Arseneau, 2005. "Le dosage des impôts au sein de la structure fiscale québécoise Le déplacement de la taxation des revenus vers la consommation," CIRANO Working Papers 2005s-11, CIRANO.
  16. Urzúa, Carlos M., 2003. "Igualdad y eficiencia: Un recuento de esquemas tributarios para México," EGAP Working Papers 2004-01, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Ciudad de México.
  17. Kim, Junghun, 2005. "Tax reform issues in Korea," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(6), pages 973-992, December.

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