Tax Fairness and Folk Justice by Steven M. Sheffrin
Why did the Americans severely restrict property and gift tax - ostensibly aimed only at the rich - but greatly expanded support for low-wage workers through the Earned Income Tax…
Tax Fairness and Folk Justice synopsis
Why did the Americans severely restrict property and gift tax - ostensibly aimed only at the rich - but greatly expanded support for low-wage workers through the Earned Income Tax Credit, now the country's largest single poverty program? Why do people hate the property tax so much, but they do not revolt against it except during periods of economic change? Why are some taxpayer groups more obedient to tax authorities than others, even when faced with the same enforcement regime? All these puzzling questions revolve around perceptions of tax justice. Is the public simply inconsistent? A sympathetic and unified interpretation of these attitudes is based on understanding the daily psychology of justice and how it is applied in taxationThis book shows how serious consideration of "popular justice" can deepen our understanding of how tax systems work and how they can be reformed.
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