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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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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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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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