Posts Tagged ‘taxation’

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    An Optional Income Tax

    May 18, 11 • 337 Views • No Comments

    What if you could decide whether to pay an income tax? Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff has a plan that gives us a choice. His basic message, though, is that Congress had better start to think creatively because our current system is...  [read more]

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    Grade Redistribution

    May 7, 11 • 372 Views • No Comments

    In this video, college students approve of proposals to “tax the rich.” However, when asked if those in the top 10% of GPAs should have their grades redistributed, they emphatically say, “No.” But, is income redistribution really that...  [read more]

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    Mankiw and Colbert

    Oct 29, 10 • 266 Views • No Comments

    For some smiles and econ also, the following links are fun. It all began with Harvard’s N. Gregory Mankiw’s NY Times op-ed column on higher tax rates. Explaining, he said that $1000 wisely invested, with no taxes, became $10,000 in 30 years. By...  [read more]

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    Debating the Inheritance Tax

    Jun 12, 10 • 299 Views • No Comments

    Death usually means some money for Uncle Sam and the rest for the real relatives (and unrelated heirs). As a result, when John D. Rockefeller died in 1937, his heirs received 30% of his fortune and the U.S. government got the rest. During March, 2010,...  [read more]

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    Taxing Decisions

    Apr 10, 10 • 277 Views • No Comments

    Some people believe that government spends more when it has an affluent population to pay for it.  In a recent NY Times column, David Leonhardt presents a slightly different perspective. Instead, he says that because we are a more affluent society,...  [read more]