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Taxes in America : what everyone needs to know

Autore: Leonard Burman; Joel Slemrod
Editore: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2013.
Serie: What everyone needs to know.
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Most contemporary Americans know little about how their tax system works. But with heated debates over taxation now roiling Congress and the nation, an understanding of our tax system is of vital importance. In this book the authors, both tax scholars, offer explanations of how our tax system works, how it affects people and businesses, and how it might be improved. Organized in a question-and-answer format, the  Per saperne di più…
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Tipo documento: Book
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Leonard Burman; Joel Slemrod
ISBN: 9780199890262 0199890269 9780199890279 0199890277
Numero OCLC: 769989445
Descrizione: xxi, 280 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contenuti: pt. I. How are we taxed? : 1. The view from 30,000 feet: Why is everyone always so worked up about taxation?, What is a tax?, What are the major kinds of taxes?, How are taxes like ducks?, Are there "hidden' taxes?, --
Are there ways to raise revenue other than taxes?, Why not just borrow the money instead of raising taxes?, How can taxes be like regulations?, How have taxes changed over time?, How do state and local taxes vary?, How does the composition of tax vary across federal, state, and local governments?, How do tax burdens vary around the world?, Federal taxes in the United States have been at about 18 percent of GDP for 50 years. Does that mean that this is the natural rate of taxation?, Why is the long-term fiscal outlook so dire?, Can taxes be discussed without getting into government spending? ; 2. Personal income taxes: What's the difference between personal taxes and business taxes?, Who really bears the burden of tax?, Are there cases in practice where it does matter who writes the check?, Can taxes affect asset prices?, What is the personal income tax?, Isn't the income tax a fraud?, What are exclusions, deductions, exemptions, and credits?, Why are there itemized deductions? Isn't it unfair that most people don't benefit from them?, At what income level do people start owing income tax?, Is it true that half of households owe no income taxes?, Is this bad for democracy?, Do we tax capital income the same as labor income?, What is economic income?, Why do economists think my home earns me rent?, Why don't we tax economic income?, How do we tax capital gains and dividends?, What are the arguments for and against lower capital gains tax rates?, What is the "angel of death" loophole?, If we want to favor capital gains and dividends, does it make sense to do it via lower rates?, What is the AMT?, Where the heck did this turkey come from and why is it so hard to get rid of?, What is the AMT patch?, What is the "Buffett Rule"?, What are hidden tax brackets?, Does Uncle Sam really want you to live in sin?, How does inflation affect the income tax?, What are payroll taxes and how are they different from income taxes?, Aren't other taxes also dedicated to Medicare and Social Security?, Is it true that most taxpayers owe more payroll than income tax? ; 3. Business income taxes: How do we tax corporations' income?, Why do economists say that we "double tax" corporation income?, What are the other ways business income is taxed?, Why tax corporations?, Which people bear the burden of the corporate income tax?, What are the impacts of double-taxing corporate income?, What would happen if we just eliminated the corporate income tax?, How can some companies get away with paying no income tax despite billions in profits?, Why is it troublesome that some companies view their tax departments as profit centers?, Income earned by corporations is double-taxed, and tax avoidance opportunities abound: is corporate income taxed too much, or too little?, What is depreciation?, What is "bonus depreciation"?, Are there implicit spending programs run through the corporate income tax?, Are multinational corporations taxed differently than domestic companies?, What is a foreign tax credit, Why do we try to tax corporations on their worldwide income? Why not follow the practice in most of Europe and simply exempt foreign income from tax?, What is transfer pricing? Why is it important to multinational corporations (and taxpayers)?, What is formulary apportionment? Would that be a better option than trying to enforce pricing rules?, What are tax havens?, How does the U.S. corporate tax rate compare to the rate of other countries?, Does our relatively high corporate tax rate hurt our companies' competitiveness and the country's competitiveness?, How do recent corporate tax reform proposals work? 4. Taxing spending: What is a consumption tax?, Why tax consumption rather than income?, A consumption tax sounds great. What's the catch?, What is a retail sales tax?, What is a use tax?, What is a luxury tax?, What is an excise tax?, What is a sin tax?, What is a Pigouvian tax?, What is a VAT?, The credit-invoice VAT sounds really complicated. Why do it that way?, Are small businesses subject to the VAT?, Why doesn't the United States have a VAT?, How much money would a VAT raise?, What is the typical VAT rate in other countries?, How would a federal VAT interact with state and local sales taxes?, Does a VAT promote exports?, What is the flat tax?, Wouldn't a flat tax be super simple and fair?, There are flat taxes all over Eastern Europe. Are they the same as the flat tax advocated for the United States?, What is the X tax?, What is a consumed income tax?, Are tax breaks for saving and retirement indirect steps toward a consumption tax?, Do these tax breaks actually encourage saving?, If the economy runs on consumption, why would we want to encourage saving?, What's the difference between Roth and traditional IRAs?, Do consumption taxes disproportionately burden the old? ; 5. Other kinds of taxes: What is the estate tax?, How is estate tax liability calculated?, Why tax estates when the assets that went into them were already subject to plenty of tax?, What are the estate tax's effects on work and saving?, How does the estate tax affect small businesses and family farms?, What is the difference between an estate tax and an inheritance tax?, What is a financial transaction tax?, What is the property tax?, What is a lump-sum tax?, Do economists have other goofy ideas about ideal tax systems?, Do these ideas explain why people don't like economists? pt. II. The costs and benefits of taxation : 6. Taxes and the economy: How do taxes affect the economy?, Why do economists think that raising funds costs much more than the tax sticker price?, Do some taxes help the economy?, What is the Laffer Curve?, Which is a better economic stimulus, cutting taxes or spending more?, What kinds of taxes provide the most stimulus?, What are built-in stabilizers?, Why do smart, serious people disagree about optimal tax policy?, How do taxes affect prosperity and growth?, How do taxes affect working and saving?, How do taxes affect entrepreneurship?, How do taxes affect research and innovation?, What is "trickle-down" economics?, Why not run deficits forever?, If people care about their children, won't they just save more to make up for any deficits? That is, do deficits matter at all? ; 7. The hidden welfare state: Are a trillion dollars in middle-class entitlement programs really hidden in the tax code?, What exactly is a tax expenditure?, Why do we call tax expenditures entitlement programs? They're tax cuts, Who benefits from tax expenditures?, Why has the use of tax expenditures been growing in recent years?, How should policymakers decide whether to run a subsidy through the tax system?, How should tax expenditures be designed?, Are all tax expenditures run through the income tax?, Is the whole concept of tax expenditures based on the fallacious assumption that government owns all your money? ; 8. The burden of taxation: What makes a tax system fair?, What is the benefit principle?, Do special fairness concerns come into play when tax laws change?, How is the tax burden distributed?, What is the burden of deficits?, Is progressive taxation class warfare? ; 9. Tax administration and enforcement: How much does it cost to run the U.S. tax system?, How does tax remittance and collection work?, Who gets audited, and why? What's the DIF?, What is information reporting?, What is tax withholding?, Why do people cheat on their taxes? Why do they comply?, How much cheating is there?, How much more tax could the IRS collect with better enforcement?, Why not audit everyone?, Are refundable tax credits especially prone to tax evasion?, Do most people get tax refunds? Should I?, How many people use tax preparers? Do they help or hinder compliance?; How should tax complexity be measured?, Do fewer tax brackets promote simplicity?, Why is there a trade-off between simplicity and other goals such as fairness?, Should states be able to tax Internet and mail-order sales from other states?, How fast are we moving toward e-filing?, If almost everyone use tax software or paid preparers, should we stop worrying about complexity? Should we start worrying about democracy?, Could most taxpayers be spared any filing requirement (as in the United Kingdom)?, Could the IRS fill out our tax returns for us?, Would simplifying tax compliance be unfair to H & R Block and Intuit?, What is a data retrieval platform? pt. III. A tour of the sausage factory : 10. Misperceptions and reality in the policy process: What does the public know about taxes?, What does the public think about taxes?, How are new taxes enacted?, What are regulations and why are they important?, How does the tax sausage get made? (House and Senate rules), Who estimates the revenue impact of tax changes?, How do they do it? Do they ignore behavioral responses to taxation?, What is dynamic scoring?, Must taxes be raised?, Can we solve the problem by raising tax rates only on those with high incomes? ; 11. Snake oil: The FairTax sounds, well, fair : is it?, Wouldn't a flat tax be super-simple and efficient?, How about offering a new tax system on an elective basis?, What is the "starve-the-beast" theory?, Does the taxpayer protection pledge protect taxpayers?, What is the "two Santa Claus" theory? ; 12. Tax reform: Tax reformers talk about a broad base and low rates. What does that mean?, Is the broadest base always the best base?, Does the framing of taxes matter?, What is a revenue-neutral tax change?, Should tax reform and deficit reduction be separated?, Are there some sensible tax reform ideas?, What have we learned?
Titolo della serie: What everyone needs to know.
Responsabilità: Leonard E. Burman, Joel Slemrod.


Most contemporary Americans know little about how their tax system works. But with heated debates over taxation now roiling Congress and the nation, an understanding of our tax system is of vital importance. In this book the authors, both tax scholars, offer explanations of how our tax system works, how it affects people and businesses, and how it might be improved. Organized in a question-and-answer format, the book describes the intricacies of the modern tax system. The authors begin with the basic definitions of taxes and then delve into more complicated and indeed contentious concerns. They address such questions as how to recognize Fool's Gold tax reform plans ; How much more tax could the IRS collect with better enforcement? ; How do tax burdens vary around the world? ; Why do corporations pay so little tax, even though they earn trillions of dollars every year? ; And what kind of tax system is most conducive to economic growth? They discuss key issues such as the large number of social programs hidden in the tax code, how taxes affect the economy, how the burdens of taxation are distributed, and the costs of running the tax code on both the IRS and taxpayers. They also dive into the political process, the genesis of ill-advised tax ideas, and options to improve the tax system. With the U.S. struggling to recover from the deepest economic recession since the 1930s, facing a mountain of debt, it is important for Americans to understand the tax system. This book describes modern tax realities, and educates Americans about the issues in the debate about tax reform.
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