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Tax Complexity Is a Tax on Paying Taxes

What’s the best measure of the tax burden on the U.S. economy? Is it the amount of money that we’re forced to surrender to the knaves in Washington (i.e., the difference between our pre-tax income and post-tax consumption)? Or is it the loss of economic output caused by high tax rates, distorting preferences, and pervasive […]

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The “Race to the Bottom” and Global Minimum Corporate Taxes

Imagine if you had the chance to play basketball against a superstar from the NBA like Stephen Curry. No matter how hard you practiced beforehand, you surely would lose. For most people, that would be fine. We would console ourselves with the knowledge that we tried our best and relish he fact that we even […]

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Libertarian Humor for a Dismal Topic

I’m a bleeding heart libertarian in that I get most upset about statist policies that make life harder for disadvantaged people so that folks with more money can get undeserved goodies. For instance, I despise anti-school choice leftists because they value political support from teacher unions more than they value opportunity for poor kids. And […]

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A Primer on the Corporate Income Tax: Everything You Need to Know about Creating a Simple System that Taxes Income only One Time

My opinion on taxing corporate income varies with my mood. When I’m in a fiery-libertarian phase, I want to abolish taxes on corporate income for the simple reason that all income taxes should be eliminated. Heck, I would also eliminate October 3 from the calendar because that’s the awful day in 1913 that the income […]

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Correcting White House Anti-Inversion Propaganda

I wrote recently about the Pfizer-Allergan merger and made the case that it was a very sensible way to protect the interests of workers, consumers, and shareholders. That’s the good news. Why? Because companies should be allowed to engage in a do-it-yourself form of territorial taxation to minimize the damage caused by bad tax policy […]

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Pfizer’s Inversion Is Good News for American Workers, American Consumers, and American Shareholders

I’m never surprised when politicians make absurd statements, but I’m still capable of being shocked when other people make outlandish assertions. Like the leftist policy wonk who claimed that capitalism is actually coercion, even though free markets are based on voluntary exchange. Or the statist columnist who argued people aren’t free unless they’re entitled to […]

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