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.
A tax form is pictured on tax deadline day at the main Post Office in New York April 15, 2009. (Reuters/Chip East)
Income Tax Changes and Economic Growth
September 19, 2014, William G. Gale
William Gale highlights recent research that finds a tenuous link between income tax reforms and economic growth, concluding that the justification for sweeping income tax reform changes must rest primarily on objectives other than economic growth.
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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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