A Consensus Base for Tax Reform
Publication Date: October 2006
Publisher(s): Tax Policy Center
Author(s): C. Eugene Steuerle
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Economy; Federal Budgets & Fiscal Policy; Tax Policy; Taxes, the Budget, and the Economy
The biggest mistake in tax reform is the label itself. Saying that one is in favor of tax reform is about as informative as saying that one is in favor of expenditures reform. Despite this murk, I suggest that there is a consensus base on which fundamental reform can and should rest -- the type of foundational base on which any tax system itself should rest and, by the way, the base on which reform in 1986 reform proceeded. That base is nothing more or less than developing, first, reform options that adhere to basic principles or taxation and, second, a legislative process that gives them heed.