Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Toward Tax Reform: Recommendations for President Obama's Task Force

Toward Tax Reform Tax Analysts today published Toward Tax Reform: Recommendations for President Obama's Task Force:

This book of advice for the President’s tax reform panel includes essays by 32 prominent tax experts — lawyers, economists, and academics from across the political spectrum.

You can download a free copy of the book here, and request a hard copy of the book here.

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Interested civilian here -

The simple fact that there are 32 authors here indicates the extent of the problem.

Both Seneca and William of Ockham are spinning in their graves.

Posted by: Trouble | Sep 9, 2009 10:40:58 AM

Read Mr. Gale's "return free" article. Poison. Pure poison. The idea that Americans can be conned into any system that doesn't clearly spell out what they make and what they pay is anathema to me. Americans need to invest some amount of time in reviewing the numbers - less than now would be good, but the proposal in question has a false premise. No business would run on that basis. Americans should not either. We are not cattle to be milked. Which leads me to the conclusion that the Obama administration will pursue this option vigorously, for the same logic as payroll tax deductions were instituted by FDR. Out of sight, out of mind.

Posted by: RKV | Sep 9, 2009 10:56:20 AM

I know people who have been "return free" for years...but, they do want me to help them get caught up. Let's fall back to the 1954 Tax Act that simplified tax filing and closed all the loopholes forever, at least that's what they thought.

That reminds me, at a conference today, I sat next to a still practicing CPA who passed the CPA exam in 1948 and went through the new tax laws. He said, though, that the 1978 tax changes were the hardest. In my lifetime, I agree.

Posted by: Woody | Sep 9, 2009 2:16:05 PM