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Flexible Social Security and Medicare Payroll Tax Rates for Different Times


  • Leonard Santow
  • Mark Santow


Here is some fresh thinking on using our tax system more flexibly to create different incentives under differing conditions. Why not a flexible payroll tax, which could raise adequate money over time to finance Social Security but also reduce taxes when needed to create incentives to hire? This father and son, an economist and a historian, present an interesting and novel approach.

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  • Leonard Santow & Mark Santow, 2012. "Flexible Social Security and Medicare Payroll Tax Rates for Different Times," Challenge, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 55(1), pages 53-68.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:challe:v:55:y:2012:i:1:p:53-68 DOI: 10.2753/0577-5132550103

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