Despite their passion and fury, contemporary Americans are
remarkably clueless about how their tax system works. But with
heated debates over taxation now roiling Congress and the nation,
an understanding of the American tax system is of vital importance.
Taxes in America, by preeminent tax scholars Leonard E. Burman and
Joel Slemrod, offers a clear, concise explanation of how the
American tax system works, how it affects people and businesses,
and how it might be improved. Accessibly written and organized in a
clear, question-and-answer format, the book describes the
intricacies of the modern tax system in an easy-to-grasp manner.
Burman and Slemrod begin with the basic definitions of taxes and
then delve into more complicated and indeed contentious concerns.
They address such questions as how to recognize Fool's Gold tax
reform plans. How much more tax could the IRS collect with better
enforcement? How do tax burdens vary around the world? Why do
corporations pay so little tax, even though they earn trillions of
dollars every year? And what kind of tax system is most conducive
to economic growth?