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Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know by Leonard E. Burman and Joel Slemrod

Published By: Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0-19-989027-9, cloth; 978-0-19-989026-2, pbk.
Date of Publication: 2013


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Reviewed by: Julie Berry Cullen of University of California, San Diego
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.51.4.1183.r8
Review Pages: 1199-1200

Book Review Abstract

Julie Berry Cullen of University of California, San Diego reviews, "Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know" by Leonard E. Burman and Joel Slemrod. The Econlit abstract of this book begins: "Explores how the U.S. tax system works, how it affects people and businesses, and how it might be made better. Discusses the basics of taxes; personal income taxes; business income taxes; taxing spending; other kinds of taxes; taxes and the economy; the hidden welfare state; the burden of taxation; tax administration and enforcement; misperceptions and reality in the policy process; tax myths; and tax reform. Burman is Daniel Patrick Moynihan Professor of Public Affairs in the Maxwell School and is with the Departments of Public Administration and Economics and the Law School at Syracuse University. Slemrod is Paul W. McCracken Collegiate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Director of the Office of Tax Policy Research in the Ross School of Business, and Professor and Chair in the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan."


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JEL Classifications

E62: Fiscal Policy
H20: Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue: General
I38: Welfare and Poverty: Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs


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