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Each year, April 15th is a reminder of the need for tax reform. The U.S. 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 U.S. can embark on policies to correct our fiscal path while encouraging economic growth.

 

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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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The GOP needs a new “useful function” — helping middle-class class and poor Americans climb the opportunity ladder.

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Republicans, instead of listening to their K Street friends, ought to see the debate over expiring tax provisions as a chance for minor tax reform — and even for some populism of their own.

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On his gatesnotes blog, Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates offers his thoughts about inequality, particularly concerning economist Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.”

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Realistic tax reform should be part of any pro-growth agenda. But there should be lots more to a pro-growth agenda than just lowering top rates.

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The great economic lesson of the 1980s supply-side revolution is that taxes matter. But what are the nuances of that lesson, and how should that lesson by applied to the modern American economy?

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Reforming the federal tax code must be among the very top priorities of a new agenda focused on restoring growth and opportunity in the United States.

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