The Economic Effects of Taxing Capital Income (MIT Press)

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9780262525541: The Economic Effects of Taxing Capital Income (MIT Press)

How should capital income be taxed to achieve efficiency and equity? In this detailed study, tax policy analyst Jane Gravelle, brings together comprehensive estimates of effective tax rates on a wide variety of capital by type, industry, legal form, method of financing, and across time. These estimates are combined with a history and survey of issues regarding capital income taxation that are aimed especially at bringing the findings of economic theory and recent empirical research to nonspecialists and policymakers. Many of the topics treated have been the subject of policy debate and legislation over the last ten or fifteen years.Should capital income be taxed at all? And, if capital income is to be taxed, what is the best way to do it? Gravelle devotes two chapters to the first question, and then, in answer to the second question, covers a broad range of topics - corporate taxation, tax neutrality, capital gains taxes, tax treatment of retirement savings, and capital income taxation and international competitiveness. Gravelle also includes a comprehensive history of tax institutions and data on constructing effective tax rates that are not available elsewhere.

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Laura A. Siminoff, Ph.D., is Professor of Bioethics and Oncology at Case Western Reserve University. She is the Director of the Ph.D. program in Bioethics and is the Program Leader of the Behavioral Cancer Prevention and Control program at the CWRU/University Hospitals Cancer Center. She has published articles on organ donation in the Annals of Internal Medicine (1995) and JAMA (2001).

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Because Gravelle's estimates of effective tax rates are uniquely comprehensive, they will be of interest to many tax scholars as well as to practitioners. The work is significant in providing an up-to-date, thorough, and unified anlaysis of the issues.

(Robert M. Coen, Department of Economics, Northwestern University)

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