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The Tax Benefit of Income Smoothing

  • Rydqvist, Kristian
  • Schwartz, Steven
  • Spizman, Joshua
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    A worker can contribute pre-tax dollars to a private pension plan. Under a progressive tax, this feature reduces income taxes. Ippolito (1986} argues that an individual in 1979 can reduce lifetime taxes by 20%. We re-examine his analysis using the complete time-series of US income tax history and find that the tax benefit of income smoothing is much smaller.

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    Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 8425.

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    Date of creation: Jun 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:8425
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