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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Article on Taxing the Wealthy


Bruce Bartlett (Independent) recently published an article entitled, Is the Tax Tide Turning Against the Rich?, Tax Notes, Vol. 141, No. 8, 2013.  Provided below is the abstract from SSRN:

The trend of the last 50 years has been to reduce taxes on the wealthy. But this article argues that the United States has come to the end of that trend. The need for additional federal revenue, and rising wealth and income inequality are fueling a change in direction. There is rising support in Congress for higher taxes on the wealthy, strong support in public opinion polls, increasing numbers of the wealthy supporting higher taxes on themselves, and economic research showing that the economic cost of higher taxes on the rich is minimal. Although it will not happen soon, it is inevitable that taxes on the wealthy will rise in the future.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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