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Lawrence Lessig on Tax Reform

 

 


Taxes in America should be progressive and efficient

Taxes in America should be progressive and efficient. Today they are neither--or at least, not enough. We have flattened the traditionally progressive income tax substantially. We have capped Social Security contributions at a regressively low amount. We tax corporations unequally and unfairly--and as economists have shown, regressively. And we have one of the most complex tax codes generally in the world.

I would work to radically simplify the tax code, while enhancing its progressivity. I would support abolishing the carried interest exemption that permits some of the richest Americans (hedge fund managers) to pay among the lowest tax rates. I would consider adding a higher marginal rate for individuals making more than $1M a year.

All of these changes follow directly from the principle of an efficient, progressive tax system. But they all would be vigorously opposed by the interests that dominate Washington. After we enact The First Reform, these changes will be easier to achieve.

Source: 2016 presidential campaign website Lessig2016.us, `Issues` , Oct 29, 2015

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