Focus on Tax Policy

Focus on Tax Policy

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In an August 24 commentary, University of Southern California law professor Edward Kleinbard discussed taxation of the rich.

On August 23, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis published a study on changes in tax rates and revenues since the 1970s.

In an August 17 commentary, two Federal Reserve Bank of New York economists discussed the idea of a “tax buyout,” whereby taxpayers would pay the government a lump sum in return for a lower marginal tax rate.

In an August 16 commentary, historian Joseph Thorndike reviewed Ronald Reagan’s substantial record of raising taxes to reduce the deficit.

An August 10 CNN/ORC poll found that 63 percent of people favor higher taxes on businesses and the rich in order to reduce the deficit; 36 percent are opposed.

An August 10 Gallup poll found that 66 percent of people favor higher income tax rates on upper income Americans to reduce the debt; 33 percent are opposed.

On August 10, I posted a list of 23 different polls showing that people support tax increases to reduce the deficit over spending cuts alone by a 2-to-1 margin.

On August 8, the Treasury Department posted a technical paper on identifying small businesses for analytical purposes in tax research.

On August 8, I published an article reviewing the experience of the Reagan tax cut and its impact on federal revenues.

An August 8 commentary by Dartmouth historian James Wright argues that Congress should raises taxes to pay for wars.

I last posted items on this topic on August 9.

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 for 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.