Taxing Ourselves: A Citizen's Guide To The Debate Over Taxes by Joel SlemrodTaxing Ourselves: A Citizen's Guide To The Debate Over Taxes by Joel Slemrod

Taxing Ourselves: A Citizen's Guide To The Debate Over Taxes

byJoel Slemrod

Hardcover | June 16, 2017

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The new edition of a popular guide to the key issues in tax reform, presented in a clear, nontechnical, and unbiased way.

To follow the debate over tax reform, the interested citizen is often forced to choose between misleading sound bites and academic treatises. Taxing Ourselves bridges the gap between the oversimplified and the arcane, presenting the key issues clearly and without a political agenda. Tax policy experts Joel Slemrod and Jon Bakija lay out in accessible language what is known and not known about how taxes affect the economy and offer guidelines for evaluating tax systems -- both the current tax system and proposals to reform it.

This fifth edition has been extensively revised to incorporate the latest data, empirical evidence, and tax law. It offers new material on recent tax reform proposals, expanded coverage of international tax issues, and the latest enforcement initiatives. Offering historical perspectives, outlining the basic criteria by which tax policy should be judged (fairness, economic impact, enforceability), examining proposals for both radical change (replacement of the income tax with a flat tax or consumption tax) and incremental changes to the current system, and concluding with a voter's guide, the book provides readers with enough background to make informed judgments about how we should tax ourselves.

Praise for earlier editions
"An excellent book."
-- Jeff Medrick, New York Times
"A fair-minded exposition of a politically loaded subject."
-- Kirkus Reviews

Title:Taxing Ourselves: A Citizen's Guide To The Debate Over TaxesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.12 inPublished:June 16, 2017Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262035677

ISBN - 13:9780262035675

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Editorial Reviews

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.