Paying Taxes

Author: Sarah De Capua
Publisher: Childrens Press
ISBN: 9780531260401
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Paying Taxes. Discusses what taxes are, why we pay taxes, and how the government spends taxes.

Knowing Your Civil Rights

Author: Christin Ditchfield
Publisher: Childrens Press
ISBN: 9780516279107
Size: 29.88 MB
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Knowing Your Civil Rights. Explains the history and importance of civil rights.

Becoming A Citizen

Author: Sarah De Capua
Publisher: Turtleback
ISBN: 9780606270922
Size: 31.15 MB
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Becoming A Citizen. Discusses the requirements for becoming an American citizen and the steps involved in the naturalization process.

How Taxation Works

Author: Laura La Bella
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group
ISBN: 1448808227
Size: 47.10 MB
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How Taxation Works. Taxation is a complex and intimidating system, but one that we all need to understand. This book explains in plain-language how taxation works, its different forms, and the ongoing debate about the fairest system.

Read My Lips

Author: Vanessa S. Williamson
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400885019
Size: 49.59 MB
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Read My Lips. A surprising and revealing look at what Americans really believe about taxes Conventional wisdom holds that Americans hate taxes. But the conventional wisdom is wrong. Bringing together national survey data with in-depth interviews, Read My Lips presents a surprising picture of tax attitudes in the United States. Vanessa Williamson demonstrates that Americans view taxpaying as a civic responsibility and a moral obligation. But they worry that others are shirking their duties, in part because the experience of taxpaying misleads Americans about who pays taxes and how much. Perceived "loopholes" convince many income tax filers that a flat tax might actually raise taxes on the rich, and the relative invisibility of the sales and payroll taxes encourages many to underestimate the sizable tax contributions made by poor and working people. Americans see being a taxpayer as a role worthy of pride and respect, a sign that one is a contributing member of the community and the nation. For this reason, the belief that many Americans are not paying their share is deeply corrosive to the social fabric. The widespread misperception that immigrants, the poor, and working-class families pay little or no taxes substantially reduces public support for progressive spending programs and undercuts the political standing of low-income people. At the same time, the belief that the wealthy pay less than their share diminishes confidence that the political process represents most people. Upending the idea of Americans as knee-jerk opponents of taxes, Read My Lips examines American taxpaying as an act of political faith. Ironically, the depth of the American civic commitment to taxpaying makes the failures of the tax system, perceived and real, especially potent frustrations.

Bowling Alone

Author: Robert D. Putnam
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743203046
Size: 42.68 MB
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Bowling Alone. Shows how changes in work, family structure, women's roles, and other factors have caused people to become increasingly disconnected from family, friends, neighbors, and democratic structures--and how they may reconnect.

Bulletin

Author: National Civic Federation. Taxation Department
Publisher:
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A Fine Mess

Author: T. R. Reid
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0735223963
Size: 27.38 MB
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A Fine Mess. Bestselling author T. R. Reid voyages around the world to solve the urgent problem of America’s failing tax code, unraveling a complex topic in plain English and telling a rollicking story along the way. The U.S. tax code is a total write-off. Overstuffed with loopholes and special interest provisions, it works for no one—except tax lawyers, accountants, and corporations, that is—and certainly not me and you. Not for the first time, we have to tear it up and start over. That happened in 1922, and again in 1954, and again in 1986. There’s a pattern here; we reach this point every thirty-two years. Which means the next complete rewrite of the tax code is due in 2018. Can we write a new tax code that is fair and simple? Can we cut tax rates and still bring in the revenue required? In fact, we can—by learning from the world’s other democracies. Around the world, wealthy democracies, from Estonia to New Zealand to the U.K., have all reformed their tax codes, while the United States has languished. With his penchant for making complex subjects accessible and even fun, T. R. Reid travels the world in order to find out what makes for good taxation (if that’s not an oxymoron!) and brings that knowledge home. So byzantine are the current statutes that by the government’s own estimates, Americans spend six billion hours and ten billion dollars every year preparing and filing their taxes. In the Netherlands it takes the average person fifteen minutes! Brilliantly successful American companies like Apple, Caterpillar, and Google effectively pay no tax at all because of loopholes that allow them to move profits offshore. Indeed, the dysfunctional tax system has become so easy to dodge that it is a major cause of economic inequality, as Warren Buffett and Thomas Piketty have pointed out. But it doesn’t have to be this way, the ever-intrepid Reid proves, crisscrossing the globe from the Czech Republic to Mexico. Doing our taxes may never be America’s favorite pastime, but it can and should be so much easier. From the Hardcover edition.