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Tax breaks are not immortal – but that doesn’t mean comprehensive tax reform is easy

Haselswerdt, Jake (2014) Tax breaks are not immortal – but that doesn’t mean comprehensive tax reform is easy. LSE American Politics and Policy (01 Aug 2014). Website.

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Abstract

Tax reform does not lack for supporters on both sides of the aisle in Congress, but despite this, it continues to be a difficult proposition. While many believe that tax breaks are especially durable, in new research, Jake Haselswerdt finds that, this is not borne out by the evidence. In fact, a tax break is more than four times more likely to be eliminated than a non-tax program. He argues that while individual tax breaks, particularly those that benefit businesses and the wealthy, are relatively short lived, more comprehensive reform to eliminate a number of tax breaks may be much harder, especially if it takes on the more durable tax breaks that benefit the middle class.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2014 11:02
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2020 23:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/59388

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