Friday, September 14, 2012
The second annual conference on Critical Perspectives on Tax Policy kicks off today at the University of Washington School of Law:
Critical tax scholars ask why the tax structure is the way it is and what impact tax policies, politics and rhetoric have on historically disempowered groups. Particularly in an election year, attention to the interdisciplinary ways in which social meaning is created through tax policy and inclusion of "outsider" perspectives on the study of public finance are crucial. This is a call for individual paper presentations or incubator ideas that look at taxation from a critical perspective. Critical perspectives on tax policy for this workshop will be limited to a focus on at least one of the following topics: race, ethnicity or immigration status, socio-economic status, gender or gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, family status, or disability. Those examining tax policy in a critical way from a legal, social science, humanities, or comparative/international perspective are all encouraged to participate. This second annual workshop will connect scholars working on problems of inequality and public finance across the academy, welcome new members into the critical perspectives community, provide collaborative support for our research, and transmit our ideas to a wider audience.
Keynote Address: Dorothy Brown (Emory), What the Obamas’ Tax Return Tells Us About Race and Class in America
- Samuel Brunson (Loyola-Chicago), Mutual Funds, Fairness, and the Wealth Gap
- Bobby Dexter (Chapman), Payroll Tax Cuts v. Bush Tax Cuts: Real Relief for the Plumber and Other Average Joes
- Nick Paleveda (Northeastern), When Higher Marginal Tax Rates Helped the Economy