Fixing the Tax System: Support Fairer, Simpler, and More Adequate Taxation
Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher(s): Tax Policy Center
Author(s): William G. Gale
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Taxes, the Budget, and the Economy; Budget Issues; Tax Reform; Simplification and Administration
A good tax system raises the revenues needed to finance government spending in a manner that is as simple, equitable, stable, and conducive to economic growth as possible. But the challenge for the next President will be to make reform work not just in the abstract, but in the real world, where special interests often rule the roost. The next President should support reforms that would tax all income once (only) at the full tax rate, simplify and streamline the tax code, and, of course, raise sufficient revenues. This paper proposes a package of specific reforms to achieve these goals.