When people discuss cutting taxes, the question of whether tax cuts can pay for themselves usually arises. I’ll try to answer that question here. The optimistic view says that tax cuts often pay for themselves because lower tax rates encourage economic growth. The larger economy then throws off higher tax revenue, offsetting the tax loss … Continue reading Can tax cuts pay for themselves?
It is an article of faith to some class warriors that the rich do not pay their “fair share” of taxes. Is it true? We can evaluate this claim since there is plenty of publicly available data. The data here comes from a 2016 CBO report. Effective tax rates It is difficult to look at … Continue reading Do the rich pay their fair share?
Congress is talking about tax reform. Hopefully something will get done. The US tax code is overly complicated and discourages growth. This post will lay out some rough goals for tax reform, with a few details on how to achieve the goals. It’s aimed at the US tax code, but some principles apply anywhere. The … Continue reading Tax reform goals
Last week President Trump’s team proposed to cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%. Tax reform that cuts the tax rate and also closes loopholes is an excellent idea that would benefit all of us. Popularity of corporate taxes Taxing corporations is popular. Gallup and Pew Research surveys both show that more than … Continue reading Why Corporate Tax Cut Makes Sense