The Benefit and The Burden by Bruce Bartlett
Tax Reform-Why We Need It and What It Will Take

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...a succinct, lucid book by Bruce Bartlett, an economist who spent many years in government working for Republican congressmen and in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
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Synopsis

THE UNITED STATES TAX CODE HAS UNDERGONE NO SERIOUS REFORM SINCE 1986. Since then, loopholes, exemptions, credits, and deductions have distorted its clarity, increased its inequity, and frustrated our ability to govern ourselves. By tracing the history of our own tax system and assessing the way other countries have solved similar problems, Bruce Bartlett explores the surprising answers to all these issues, giving a sense of the tax code’s many benefits—and its inevitable burdens. From one of the most respected political and economic thinkers, advisers, and writers of our time, The Benefit and the Burden is a thoughtful and surprising argument for American tax reform.
 

About Bruce Bartlett

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Bruce Bartlett is a columnist for the Economix blog of The New York Times, The Fiscal Times, and Tax Notes. Bartlett worked as staff director of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House, and as deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department during the George H.W. Bush administration.
 
Published January 24, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 288 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Financial Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Vanessa Houlder on Jan 09 2012

...a succinct, lucid book by Bruce Bartlett, an economist who spent many years in government working for Republican congressmen and in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

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The Economist

Excellent
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The book's no-nonsense approach to tax policy proves surprisingly engaging. Mr Bartlett walks readers through discussions on income and spending—basic concepts made baffling within the context of the tax code.

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The Daily Beast

Excellent
Reviewed by Noah Kristula-Green on Feb 22 2012

It is to Bartlett's credit as a writer that he makes this topic accessible, while showing great aplomb in dismantling many of the myths and misconceptions that exist about taxes.

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Forbes

Excellent
Reviewed by Len Burman on Jan 26 2012

If you are interested in tax policy and you’re not a tax expert, you should read this book.

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The Fiscal Times

Excellent
Reviewed by HENRY AARON on Jan 31 2012

But if you are looking for a forthright and full-throated call to both parties to join in a campaign to reform that system, you could do much worse.

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