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What Is Tax Fairness? And Why Does Tax Fairness Matter?
December 13th, 2013
What is "fair"? There are lots of different ways to see it. According to the Americans for Tax Fairness tax fairness means making corporations and wealthy individuals “pay their fair share.” For those at CATO, tax fairness is an Alternative Minimum Tax (or flat tax). Ultimately, though, tax fairness is a normative concept. It’s helpful, then, to consider what society as a whole considers fair. People’s opinions about this question matters, not only in a theoretical sense, but also because we want to maximize society’s happiness overall. To accomplish this, we need a tax system that aligns with society’s preferences. While people do...
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