Taxes provide the revenue that finances government programs at all levels, with income and payroll taxes the largest federal revenue sources. Under the graduated tax system in the United States, those with larger incomes generally are taxed at higher rates than those with lower, but special tax breaks and loopholes can create complexity and inequity.
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Magical Thinking on Tax Reform
December 18, 2014, William G. Gale
William Gale takes on the popular idea that tax reform ignites sustained growth by citing economic literature that disputes that notion and noting that both policy makers and the public should not be misled about the true costs and benefits of tax reform.
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Interview | Bloomberg Radio
December 16, 2014, Mireya Solís
December 16, 2014, Elizabeth Kneebone and Natalie Holmes
Paper | Tax Policy Center
December 12, 2014, Benjamin H. Harris and Lucie Parker
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December 3, 2014, Isabel V. Sawhill
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William G. Gale
Co-Director, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
Director, Retirement Security Project
Co-Director, Center on Children and Families, Budgeting for National Priorities
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies
Isabel V. Sawhill
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