Taxation in the United States

Taxation in the United States

9 Pages · 2011 · 508 KB · English

Taxation in the United States Published: November 1, 2006, 5:53 pm Edited: November 1, 2006, 5:53 pm Lead Author: Brian Roach . This article has been reviewed by the

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Taxation in the United States Published: November 1, 2006, 5:53 pm Edited: November 1, 2006, 5:53 pm Lead Author: Brian Roach This article has been reviewed by the following Topic Editor: Cutler Cleveland Table of Contents 1 Introduction 2 The Structure of Taxation in the United States 2.1 Tax Progressivity 2.2 Reasons for Progressive Taxation 2.3 Federal Income Taxes 2.4 Social Insurance Taxes 2.5 Federal Corporate Taxes 2.6 Federal Excise Taxes 2.7 Federal Estate and Gift Taxes 2.8 State and Local Taxes 2.9 Composition of Tax Collections in the U.S. 3 Further Reading Introduction Taxes are complicated. The U.S. federal tax code contains over three million words – about 6,000 pages. A casual browsing of the tax code’s table of contents offers a glimpse into the vast complexity of federal taxation. Entire sections of the tax code apply specifically to such topics as the taxation of vaccines, shipowners' mutual protection and indemnity associations, specially sweetened natural wines, and life insurance companies. Annual changes to the tax code imply that taxes will continue to become more complex even as politicians tout tax simplification. Taxes levied by other jurisdictions, such as states and cities, add further layers of complexity. Americans spend billions of hours each year working on their taxes, not to mention the costs of accountants and tax preparers. Fortunately, one needn’t comprehend the imposing complexity of the tax code to understand the crucial role of taxes in American society. Taxation is an important, but commonly neglected, Source U5/httpwww.eoearth.orgarticleTaxationBinBtheBUnitedBStates Saylor U5/ httpwww.saylor.orgcoursesecon05 Attributed to >%rian 5oach@ Saylor.org 3age  of  topic for students of economics, political science, and other social sciences. Tax policy has important economic consequences, both for the

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