Showdown At Gucci Gulch

Author: Alan Murray
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307761746
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The Tax Reform Act of 1986 was the single most sweeping change in the history of America's income tax. It was also the best political and economic story of its time. Here, in the anecdotal style of The Making of the President, two Wall Street Journal reporters provide the first complete picture of how this tax revolution went from an improbable dream to a widely hailed reality. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Showdown At Gucci Gulch

Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780394758114
Size: 28.93 MB
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Traces the development of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and describes the political forces that shaped it

Showdown At Gucci Gulch

Author: Jeffrey H. Birnbaum
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
Size: 33.92 MB
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Informed by interviews with the politicians involved, this behind-the-scenes study traces the 1986 Tax Reform Act from its status as a political non-starter to an established fact

Progressive Consumption Taxation

Author: Robert Carroll
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0844743941
Size: 27.11 MB
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The authors observe that consumption taxation is superior to income taxation because it does not penalize saving and investment and propose that the U.S. income tax system be completely replaced by a progressive consumption tax. They argue that the X tax, developed by the late David Bradford, offers the best form of progressive consumption taxation for the United States and outline concrete proposals for the X tax s treatment of numerous specific economic issues."

Power And Constraint The Accountable Presidency After 9 11

Author: Jack Goldsmith
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393083519
Size: 22.12 MB
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The surprising truth behind Barack Obama's decision to continue many of his predecessor's counterterrorism policies. Conventional wisdom holds that 9/11 sounded the death knell for presidential accountability. In fact, the opposite is true. The novel powers that our post-9/11 commanders in chief assumed—endless detentions, military commissions, state secrets, broad surveillance, and more—are the culmination of a two-century expansion of presidential authority. But these new powers have been met with thousands of barely visible legal and political constraints—enforced by congressional committees, government lawyers, courts, and the media—that have transformed our unprecedentedly powerful presidency into one that is also unprecedentedly accountable. These constraints are the key to understanding why Obama continued the Bush counterterrorism program, and in this light, the events of the last decade should be seen as a victory, not a failure, of American constitutional government. We have actually preserved the framers’ original idea of a balanced constitution, despite the vast increase in presidential power made necessary by this age of permanent emergency.

Taxing Capital Income

Author: Henry J. Aaron
Publisher: The Urban Insitute
ISBN: 9780877667377
Size: 28.97 MB
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The question of whether to tax income from wealth has sparked debate since our country's inception. Does taxing capital income ensure the progressivity of our system or merely discourage saving? Would switching our tax code to one that solely taxes consumption be more efficient or only burden middle- and low-income people? And if we were to radically reform the way America taxes its citizens, how could we ensure that vital revenue would not be lost? Some analysts would even argue that, under our present byzantine tax system, we don't really tax capital income at all. In this volume, eminent lawyers and economists analyze the problems associated with taxing capital income and propose policy solutions, which are then challenged by their peers in informed commentary. It may not settle the debate, but policymakers, scholars, and the public will find a wealth of information and ideas to consider. With contributions by Joel Slemrod, Reed Shuldiner, Jane Gravelle, George Zodrow, Alan Auerbach, Eric Toder, Kim Rueben, David Weisbach, Joe Thorndike, Edward Kleinbard, Julie Roin, Paul W. Oosterhuis, Michael Schler, Ed Outslay, George Plesko, and Daniel Halperin

A Fine Mess

Author: T. R. Reid
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0735223963
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New York Times bestelling author T. R. Reid travels around the world to solve the urgent problem of America's failing tax code, unravelling a complex topic in plain English - and telling a rollicking story along the way. The U.S. tax code is a total write-off. Crammed with loopholes and special interest provisions, it works for no one except tax lawyers, accountants, and huge corporations. Not for the first time, we have reached a breaking point. That happened in 1922, and again in 1954, and again in 1986. In other words, every thirty-two years. Which means that the next complete overhaul is due in 2018. But what should be in this new tax code? Can we make the U.S. tax system simpler, fairer, and more efficient? Yes, yes, and yes. Can we cut tax rates and still bring in more revenue? Yes. Other rich countries, from Estonia to New Zealand to the UK—advanced, high-tech, free-market democracies—have all devised tax regimes that are equitable, effective, and easy on the taxpayer. But the United States has languished. So byzantine are the current statutes that, by our government’s own estimates, Americans spend six billion hours and $10 billion every year preparing and filing their taxes. In the Netherlands that task takes a mere fifteen minutes! Successful American companies like Apple, Caterpillar, and Google effectively pay no tax at all in some instances because of loopholes that allow them to move profits offshore. Indeed, the dysfunctional tax system has become a major cause of economic inequality. In A Fine Mess, T. R. Reid crisscrosses the globe in search of the exact solutions to these urgent problems. With an uncanny knack for making a complex subject not just accessible but gripping, he investigates what makes good taxation (no, that’s not an oxymoron) and brings that knowledge home where it is needed most. Never talking down or reflexively siding with either wing of politics, T. R. Reid presses the case for sensible root-and-branch reforms with a companionable ebullience. This affects everyone. Doing our taxes will never be America's favorite pastime, but it can and should be so much easier and fairer.

Contemporary U S Tax Policy

Author: C. Eugene Steuerle
Publisher: The Urban Insitute
ISBN: 9780877667384
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"Contemporary U.S. Tax Policy is, at its heart, an exciting, if not always pretty, tale of democratic decisionmaking," writes C. Eugene Steuerle. The landmark 2004 first edition outlined the principles of taxation in the early postwar period and the tax policy battles that began with the Reagan revolution and continue today. The second edition has been expanded to investigate President George W. Bush's second term in office: the push to privatize Social Security, the stalled tax code revision, the extension of the 2001 tax cuts, and other battles. Tax policy history has always been messy, repetitive, and rancorous. Yet even in a contentious political environment, evolution--and revolution--can occur.

The Interest Group Society

Author: Jeffrey M. Berry
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131553407X
Size: 17.50 MB
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Considered the gold standard on interest group politics, this widely-used text analyzes interest groups within the intuitive framework of democratic theory, enabling readers to understand the workings of interest groups within the larger context of our political system. Comprehensive coverage includes not only the traditional farm, labor, and trade associations, but also citizen groups, public interest organizations, corporations, and public interest firms Brief in page count yet comprehensive in coverage, the book is flexible for different class settings. The book's rich content and lean size allows it to stand alone as the centerpiece of a course, or be assigned as one of several texts. New to the Sixth Edition Updates the role of money in interest group activity following the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Covers new interest group actors including the Tea Party, Occupy, and others. Examines new developments in key interest group arenas including health care and the environment. Looks at the role of social media in interest groups. Adds a comparative look at interest group action, organization, and scholarship abroad.

Decoding The U S Corporate Tax

Author: Daniel N. Shaviro
Publisher: The Urban Insitute
ISBN: 9780877667575
Size: 59.24 MB
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In Decoding the U.S. Corporate Tax, respected analyst Dan Shaviro assesses the threats to America's corporate tax code and challenges conventional wisdom on the best avenues for reform. As rising globalization, capital mobility, financial innovation, and political polarization destabilize tax policy and government revenue, Shaviro maps the path to fair, revenue-generating change.