Focus on Tax Policy

Focus on Tax Policy

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A July 6 PPP poll found that close to 80 percent of voters in four key states would support higher taxes on the rich to reduce the national debt.

On June 28, the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report on tax complexity and taxpayer compliance.

Also on June 28, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on tax complexity and the tax gap.

And on June 28, Rasmussen published a poll that only 30 percent of people would support a tax increase to ensure the viability of Social Security and Medicare, and only 15 percent favor cuts in benefits.

On June 28, economist Donald Marron of the Tax Policy Center published an article on spending through the tax code.

On June 28, Cornell political scientist Suzanne Mettler published an article detailing the hidden welfare state of tax expenditures.

In a June 28 commentary, USC law professor Edward Kleinbard defended progressive tax rates on the grounds that many of the wealthy became rich through luck rather than merit.

In a June 27 article, Loyola University law professor Jeffrey Kwall advocated abolition of graduated tax rates for corporations and institution of a single rate.

On June 22, the Joint Committee on Taxation published a report on the taxation of foreigners.

On June 1, the Congressional Research Service issued a report on tax expenditures and the federal budget.

I last posted items on this topic on June 27.

Bruce Bartlett is an American historian and columnist who focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. He  blogs daily and writes a weekly column at The Fiscal Times. Bartlett has written for Forbes Magazine and Creators Syndicate, and his work is informed by many years in government, including as a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House. He is the author of seven books including the New York Times best-seller, Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy (Doubleday, 2006).

Bruce Bartlett’s columns focus on the intersection of politics and economics. The author of seven books, he worked in government for many years and was senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House.