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Fundamental Tax Reform: Issues, Choices, and Implications

John W. Diamond and George R. Zodrow

Abstract

Reform of the federal income tax system has become a perennial item on the domestic policy agenda of the United States, although there is considerable uncertainty over specifics. Indeed the recent report of the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform recommended not one but two divergent policy directions (and included extensive discussion of a third). This book discusses a wide range of issues raised by the prospect of significant tax reform, identifying the most critical questions and considering whether the answers are known, unknown—or unknowable. The debates over tax reform usual ... More

Keywords: domestic policy, tax reform, income tax, businesses, investment behavior, international taxation, globalization, behavioral economics, consumption-based taxation, income-based taxation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262042475
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262042475.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John W. Diamond, editor

George R. Zodrow, editor

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Introduction: Is It Time for Fundamental Tax Reform?

John W. Diamond, and George R. Zodrow

I Overviews

Discussion

Henry J. Aaron

Discussion

James M. Poterba

Discussion

James Alm

Discussion

George K. Yin

II Business Issues

Discussion

Robert D. Dietz

Discussion

Thomas S. Neubig

Discussion

Robert S. Chirinko

Discussion

Timothy S. Gunning

Discussion

Leonard E. Burman

Discussion

Alan D. Viard

III International Business Issues

Discussion

Malcolm Gillis

Discussion

Jane G. Gravelle

Discussion

Charles L. Ballard

Discussion

Roger H. Gordon

IV Individual Issues

8 Evidence of Tax-Induced Individual Behavioral Responses

Thomas J. Kniesner, and James P. Ziliak

Discussion

Emmanuel Saez

Discussion

Robin Sickles

Discussion

Jane G. Gravelle

Discussion

Peter Mieszkowski

Discussion

Pamela H. Moomau

Discussion

Jeff Strnad

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