The Philosophy of Taxation and Public Finance
Most public finance books are texts, which are aimed at undergraduate or graduate students. They are overly technical in nature and appeal only to a narrow range of bureaucrats and academics. Books on taxation are written for tax practitioners and usually emphasize either what the law is or how to maneuver through the labyrinth of tax law to minimize taxes for clients. Philosophy books on taxation or public finance simply do not exist.
The Philosophy of Taxation and Public Finance is different. It is written in nontechnical language and is aimed to appeal to a wide range of readers, including practitioners, academics and students in the fields of taxation, public finance, economics, law, philosophy and political science as well as general readers who are interested in learning why they are being taxed the way they are. The author addresses the major issues and topics in taxation and public finance and injects them with philosophical insights. He discusses questions such as:
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What Should Government Do?
When Can Taxation Be Justified?
Is Taxation Theft?
Should Accountants and Attorneys be Punished for Aiding and Abetting Tax Evasion
Jewish Views on the Ethics of Tax Evasion
Christian Views on Tax Evasion
Tax Evasion in Islam
The Bahai Perspective on Tax Evasions
Should Taxes be Visible or Hidden
The Individual Income Tax
The Corporate Income Tax
The Value Added Tax
The Retail Consumption Tax
Estate gift and Inheritance Taxes
Tax Evasion in Emerging Economics
Taxation and Social Engineering
The void for Vagueness Doctrine
Is Tax Competition Harmful?
Is the Ability to Pay Principle Ethically Bankrupt
The Case for a Maximum Tax
Secession as a Tool of Public Finance
Social Security Reform Privatize or Abolish?
The Supermajority Requirement