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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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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles during the Boston Community Forum on Substance Abuse in Boston, Massachusetts October 1, 2015. Reuters

A trillion-dollar tax increase — even one that raises capital gains taxes — might look a whole lot smarter than a reckless, budget-busting $10 trillion tax cut when you are already $20 trillion in debt.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference to reveal his tax policy at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York September 28, 2015. Reuters

Donald Trump claims to be a master deal maker. His tax plan looks like he is trying to cut one with skeptical GOP voters worried he is just a moderate with a big mouth.

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush arrives for an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" at the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan, New York, September 8, 2015. Reuters

Jeb Bush will not be offering American voters a fantasy tax plan. Unfortunately, this is a detail too often worth noting when examining Republican tax ideas.

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Republican presidential candidates touting big tax-cut plans should be sobered by what’s happening in Kansas right now.

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When thinking about the proper amount and reach of a childless worker earned income tax credit program, the trade-offs between reach and costs must be balanced.

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Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee addresses supporters as he formallly launches his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event in Hope, Arkansas May 5, 2015.  Reuters

Governor Huckabee claims to be representing average Americans against the rich and powerful. But his stances on Social Security should be understood as having the opposite effect.

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The current trajectory of explosive growth in federal debt and entitlement spending is fiscally untenable and will unduly burden future generations. This plan focuses on tax reform proposals that raise necessary revenues with the least possible impact on saving and economic growth and on entitlement spending reform proposals that make those programs better targeted and more efficient.


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Recognizing the unsustainable fiscal outlook facing the United States, the authors present a plan to constrain the growth of federal spending and reform the tax system to promote 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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