100 million unnecessary returns : a simple, fair, and competitive tax plan for the United States
- Michael J. Graetz.
- New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2008.
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- xiii, 261 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
- Graetz, Michael J.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
To most Americans, the United States tax code has become a vast and confounding puzzle. In 1940, the instructions to the form 1040 were about four pages long. Today, they have ballooned to more than a hundred pages, and the form itself contains more than 10 schedules and 20 worksheets. The complete tax code totals about 2.8 million words, about four times the length of "War and Peace". In this intriguing book, Michael Graetz maintains that our tax code has become a tangle of loopholes, paperwork, and inconsistencies, a massive social programme that fails tests of simplicity and fairness. More importantly, our tax system has failed to keep pace with the changing economy, creating burdens and wastes of resources that weigh our nation down. Graetz offers a solution. Imagine a world in which most Americans pay no income tax at all, and those who do enjoy a far simpler tax process; all this without decreasing government revenues or removing key incentives for employer-sponsored health care plans and pensions. As "100 Million Unnecessary Returns" adeptly and clearly describes, this world is within our grasp.
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