The Ongoing Political Battle For Tax Reform

The Ongoing Political Battle For Tax Reform

On Tax Day, a look at ongoing efforts to make US tax policy simpler and more equitable and prospects for tax reform in a polarized political environment.

Many Americans will be scrambling today to get their 2013 tax return to the IRS. A few can anticipate a refund, but for many wealthier Americans, the dollar amount of taxes due has been a rising number. The top 1 percent of earners pay 29.3 percent of federal tax dollars, a percentage decried, depending on your perspective, as either far too high or not nearly high enough. Most do agree, however, that the US tax code unfairly subsidizes some at the expense of others, is far too complex and is sorely in need of reform. But given today’s political climate, hopes for meaningful change are not high. Please join us to discuss the US tax code and prospects for reform.

Guests

Leonard Burman

co-founder and director, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, The Urban Institute
professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, Syracuse University
author of: "Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know" Oxford University Press

Edward Kleinbard

professor of law,
University of Southern California Gould School of Law
author of forthcoming book: "We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money" Oxford University Press

Alan Viard

resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute

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