Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know

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Oxford University Press, Jan 10, 2013 - Business & Economics - 280 pages
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Despite their passion and fury, contemporary Americans are remarkably clueless about how their tax system works. But with heated debates over taxation now roiling Congress and the nation, an understanding of the American tax system is of vital importance. Taxes in America, by preeminent tax scholars Leonard E. Burman and Joel Slemrod, offers a clear, concise explanation of how the American tax system works, how it affects people and businesses, and how it might be improved. Accessibly written and organized in a clear, question-and-answer format, the book describes the intricacies of the modern tax system in an easy-to-grasp manner. Burman and Slemrod 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?
  

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User Review  - Alisha G - Goodreads

One doesn't pick up "Taxes in America" expecting scintillating prose, but Burman and Slemrod do try to make the book engaging. It aspires to be a guide for "everyone" but does assume the reader has a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lora - Goodreads

I like the Q&A format of the book. It is pretty basic for the complex subject. Although sometimes I felt this book got a little deep for me. I just read it because of a curiosity. If you are trying to really learn this stuff reading it a few times would seem helpful. Read full review

Contents

THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF TAXATION
131
A TOUR OF THE SAUSAGE FACTORY
197
NOTES
231
GLOSSARY
251
INDEX
269
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Leonard E. Burman is Daniel Patrick Moynihan Professor of Public Affairs at Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Joel Slemrod is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and the Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, at the University of Michigan.

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