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Tax day headaches: Public understanding of the tax code and perceptions of “fairness”

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Welcoming remarks & paper presentation

Welcoming remarks & paper presentation
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Welcoming remarks & paper presentation

America’s tax system is notoriously complex. It creates difficulties for the government in its efforts to administer the system and enforce compliance, and it creates difficulties for taxpayers, who are often confused and stressed when tax day comes. How well do American taxpayers understand the tax code? What makes people perceive their taxes as “fair,” and does understanding change their perceptions of fairness?

Brookings fellow Vanessa Williamson presented new research on American taxpayers’ perceptions of the tax code as part of the second annual Lubick Symposium. This new research features results from a Tax Policy Center survey done in conjunction with the news website Williamson also discussed her recent book “Read My Lips:Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes” on American’s perceptions of the tax system.


Welcoming remarks

Mark Mazur

Robert C. Pozen Director - Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center


Robert Tobias

Distinguished Practitioner in Residence - Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University

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