Taxing Women

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 1, 2007 - Social Science - 324 pages
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Taxing Women comprises both an insightful, critical analysis of the gender biases in current tax laws and a wake-up call for all those concerned with gender justice to pay more attention to the pervasive impact of such laws. Providing real-life examples, Edward McCaffery shows how tax laws are actually written to punish married couples who file jointly. No dual-income household can afford not to read this book before filing their taxes.

"Taxing Women is a must-have primer for any woman who wants to understand how our current tax system affects her family's economic condition. In plain English, McCaffery explains how the tax code stacks the deck against women and why it's in women's economic interest to lead the next great tax rebellion."—Patricia Schroeder

"McCaffery is an expert on the interplay between taxes and social policy. . . . Devastating in his analysis. . . . Intriguing."—Harris Collingwood, Working Women

"A wake-up call regarding the inequalities of an archaic system that actually penalizes women for working."—Publishers Weekly

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An unconventional argument that occasionally overreaches but nevertheless provides a significant challenge to orthodox discussions of taxation. For most people taxes are not only as inevitable as ... Read full review

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In the Taxpayer Bill of Rights 2, passed in July 1996, Congress directed the Secretary of the Treasury and the General Accounting Office to report on the current system's effect on working spouses ... Read full review


PART TWO Beyond Joint Filing Getting Worse
PART THREE Theory Practice and Rhetoric On Not Getting It
PART FOUR Beyond Tax Getting Worse Still

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Edward J. McCaffery is the Maurice Jones Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Southern California and Visiting Professor of Law and Economics at the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of "Taxing Women," also published by the University of Chicago Press.