Tuesday, April 28, 2015

You CAN Not Make This Stuff Up: Jesus on Tax

Robert D. Flach, YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP. “The IRS was writing to the taxpayer to tell him that he is dead and so they were not going to process his refund.”

After years of study and debate, the ninth-largest Protestant denomination, the Presbyterian Church USA, has come out with a detailed report that ties the religious duty of believers and government tax policy [Tax Justice: A Christian Response to a Second Gilded Age].
[W]ho can organize people to push for changes in government policy that will reduce poverty and extreme inequality?
The University of Chicago Divinity School’s Myriam Renaud provided an answer recently:

The only remaining, major, organized institutions in the U.S. with enough scope and moral authority to launch efforts to reverse this country’s growing income and wealth inequality are the religions. Other institutions have waned; today’s labor unions represent only 7 percent of private sector employees. Delays matter: As income inequality increases, more children are going to bed hungry

 Using the 'Smart Return' to Reduce Tax Evasion, by Joseph Bankman(Stanford), Clifford Nass (Stanford) & Joel Slemrod (Michigan)

Diane M. Ring (Boston College) presents Can Sharing Be Taxed?, 93 Wash. U. L. Rev. ___ (2016) (with Shu-Yi Oei(Tulane)), at Fordham today as part of its conference onSharing Economy, Sharing City: Urban Law and the New Economy

Jonathan Barry Forman (Oklahoma) & Roberta F. Mann(Oregon), Making the Internal Revenue Service Work, 17 Fla. Tax Rev. ___ (2015):
This is an Article about how to redesign the federal tax system so that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can administer it more effectively given that Congress is only willing to let the IRS have around 82,000 employees and a $12 billion budget.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a government or collection of governments lacking a good fortune or facing mounting deficits must be in want of quick revenues by blocking off tax dodging, avoidance, evasion and the like.” Truths

Lifters and Leaners Down Under

Top Gears: How negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount benefit the top 10 per cent and drive up house prices – The Australia Institute