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Tax Justice : The Ongoing Debate

ISBN-10: 0877667071
ISBN-13: 9780877667070
Edition: 2002
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Description: In the 50 years since the publication of Walter Blum and Harry Kalvin's classic "The Uneasy Case for Progressive Taxation," the debate among tax experts has drifted from frank discussion of distributive justice--whether the tax system should be used  More...

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List price: $29.50
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Urban Institute Press
Binding: Paperback
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

In the 50 years since the publication of Walter Blum and Harry Kalvin's classic "The Uneasy Case for Progressive Taxation," the debate among tax experts has drifted from frank discussion of distributive justice--whether the tax system should be used to address income inequality--towards the less unsettling ideas associated with horizontal equity--which holds that taxpayers with the same income should pay the same amount of taxes. Still, tax justice has remained a prominent fixture of the political debate, as evidenced by vigorous discussion of the "fairness" of recent tax bills, and the longevity of "flat tax" proposals. This volume explores the ongoing debate, offering perspectives on tax justice from nine leading experts. The contributions include historical evaluations of the U.S. tax system, theoretical explorations of distributive justice, and analyses of tax justice issues in contemporary policy debates. Together, they offer fresh insight into this politically potent subject. Contributors include Richard A Musgrave, Dennis J. Ventry Jr., W. Elliot Brownlee, Carolyn C. Jones, Daniel Shaviro, Barbara Fried, David Brunori, Joan M. Youngman, and C. Eugene Steuerle.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Tax Justice--The Uneasy Debatep. 1
Equity and the Case for Progressive Taxationp. 9
Equity versus Efficiency and the U.S. Tax System in Historical Perspectivep. 25
Economic History and the Analysis of "Soaking the Rich" in 20th-Century Americap. 71
Hard Shells of Community: Tax Equity Debates within the National Council of Churches after World War IIp. 95
Endowment and Inequalityp. 123
Why Proportionate Taxation?p. 149
The Limits of Justice: The Struggle for Tax Justice in the Statesp. 193
Property Taxation: Fairness and Popularity, Perceptions and Realityp. 221
And Equal (Tax) Justice for All?p. 253
About the Editorsp. 285
About the Contributorsp. 287
Indexp. 289
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