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Tax reform

Each year, April 15th is a reminder of the need for tax reform. The US tax code is complex, cumbersome, and costly to American families and businesses.  It doesn’t have to be this way. Take a moment this tax season to review AEI’s research on taxes and learn how the US can embark on policies to correct our fiscal path while encouraging economic growth.


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An innovation box would encourage economic growth by imposing lower tax rates on income that accrues to patents, copyrights, unique production processes, and other innovations that result from research and investment.

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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) arrives to address the International Association of Firefighters Presidential Forum in Washington, March 10, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Marco Rubio is looking more and more desirable on the road to 2016. While not everyone agrees with his policies, he’s been persuasive, especially on foreign policy, and his tax reform proposal has many interested.

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Kevin Hassett debates tax reform at The Buttonwood Gathering.

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Senators Mike Lee and Marco Rubio have come up with the most pro-growth tax reform plan since Calvin Coolidge’s presidency, one that could help set a direction for conservative tax policy and for Republicans seeking the White House.

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A broad-based tax reform is emerging again as an important item on the national agenda. It’s time to broaden the lens even more and bring into the discussion the tax that is most consequential to the middle class.

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Any attempt to differentiate between the rich and middle classes should account for the differences in cost of living across different regions.

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President Obama finally found a tax cut Republicans don’t like.

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President Obama is totally abandoning the principal that sound tax reform (lower tax rates applied to a tax base enlarged by loophole closing) is favorable to a purely political package that modestly shifts the tax burden to higher income households, or the ambiguously defined ‘rich.’

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The parties are too far apart to enact a sweeping reform of the US tax code that includes the personal-income tax.

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The nation is being deprived of a substantial amount of human capital by family fragmentation. Young people are achieving less than their potential, with cumulative negative consequences for all of us.

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