• Their Fair Share Now Available from Amazon.com

    by  • December 12, 2012 • 3 Comments

    IMG_0240My new book, Their Fair Share: Taxing the Rich in the Age of FDR, is now available from Amazon.com. Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the income tax.

    Their Fair Share tells the story of New Deal taxation and explains why it matters today. What did Franklin Roosevelt know about progressive taxation that modern politicians don’t? Quite a bit, it turns out. FDR understood that fairness matters; efficiency is not the only measure of a “good” tax. The modern income tax is a product of this insight. Often frustrating and certainly imperfect, it still reflects popular notions of what’s fair — and what’s not.

    You can learn more about the book at Amazon or the Urban Institute Press.


    CNN: Romney’s tax rate would be lowest since Nixon

    by  • September 26, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Compared to other presidents over the past 40 years, Romney’s tax rate is quite low. It is the lowest, in fact, since Richard Nixon, who started the modern tradition of presidential tax disclosure when he got into hot water over those same low rates. Read More at Romneys tax rate would be lowest since Nixon –...

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    Romney Tax Times Two: Comparing Mitt to George

    by  • September 21, 2012 • 0 Comments

    As the world gets ready to pick apart Mitt Romney’s 2011 tax return, here’s an interesting point of comparison: a summary of George Romney’s tax data, offered up in 1967 by his tax preparer. Best quote: “There has been no resort to tax shelters involving large deductions for such things as depletion or depreciation.”

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    HuffPo: Nazi Tax Policy Comes to Washington?

    by  • June 4, 2012 • 0 Comments

    After a dismayingly long time, HuffPo finally published my blog post on Grover Norquist and his Nazi comments. When two Democratic senators proposed a bill to increase the penalties on billionaire expatriates, Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, offered a typically helpful suggestion. The lawmakers should look to Nazi Germany for inspiration,...

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