[OPE] Taxes in the United States

From: GERALD LEVY <gerald_a_levy@msn.com>
Date: Wed Dec 22 2010 - 13:48:58 EST

> Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2010 11:19:36 -0500
> From: gdaeannounce@tufts.edu
> Subject: New GDAE Publications on Taxes in the United States
> New Publications on Taxes in the United States
> The Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) announces the
> publication of two new papers on taxes in the United States by Senior
> Researcher Brian Roach.
> A working paper, titled “Progressive and Regressive Taxation in the
> United States: Who's Really Paying (and Not Paying) Their Fair
> Share,"
> provides an in-depth look at the current and historical distribution of
> the tax burden in the United States. The results show that the overall
> federal tax system is quite progressive. But when state and local taxes
> are included as well, the overall U.S. tax system is only slightly
> progressive. Further, most of the progressivity of the overall tax
> system occurs in the lower half of the income spectrum. At upper-income
> levels, progressivity levels off and actually reverses at the highest
> income levels. Thus claims that America has a “highly progressive” tax
> system do not appear to be valid. There is no clear long-term trend in
> the progressivity of the U.S. tax system. Relative stability in tax
> progressivity stands in stark contrast to rising economic inequality.
> While changes in tax progressivity could have partially offset the rise
> in income inequality, this has not been the case. Analysis of the
> compromise plan to extend the Bush tax cuts shows that the
> progressivity of the plan is much closer to the original Republican
> proposal than President Obama’s proposal that would have eliminated the
> Bush tax cuts for high-income households.
> An educational module, titled “Taxes in the United States: History,
> Fairness, and Current Policy
> Issues,”
> provides students with an overview of the U.S. tax system, including
> the historical development of tax policies. The difference between
> progressive and regressive taxes is explained and current data are
> presented showing how the tax burden falls on different groups. The
> student reading consists of 34 pages which includes discussion
> questions, glossary, references, and additional resources.
> Download Progressive and Regressive Taxation in the United
> States
> Download Taxes in the United States: History, Fairness, and Current
> Policy Issues
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