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100 Million Unnecessary Returns: A Simple, Fair, and Competitive Tax Plan for the United States Hardcover – January 21, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (January 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300122748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300122749
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Michael Graetz has done the near-impossible. He has come up with a sweeping tax reform plan that would simplify the system and retain the progressivity that is the linchpin of the American tax system. The book ought to appeal to liberals and conservatives and ought to be read by every presidential candidate out there.”—Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute and co-author of The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track
(Norman Ornstein)

“This is must reading for presidential candidates, members of the tax writing committees of Congress and all Americans who are interested in a growing economy. It should inspire us to summon the political will to scrap our broken tax system and replace it with one that is simpler, fair and better able to serve the economic needs of America.”—Jack Danforth, former United States Senator
(Jack Danforth)

“There are few people on earth who understand the economics, the law, and the politics of the tax system as well as Michael Graetz. When the nation finally gets serious about reforming the tax code, this important book will be one of the reasons.”—Alan S. Blinder, Professor of Economics, Princeton University, former member of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers, and former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve
(Alan S. Blinder)

"The most interesting [tax] plan I've seen."—David Ignatius, The Washington Post
(David Ignatius The Washington Post)

“Michael Graetz, one of the world’s leading tax policy experts, has put forth a plan that joins sensible economics with political possibility. His proposal should be essential reading for the next president.”—Glenn Hubbard, Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Business, former chair of the Council of Economic Advisors under President George W. Bush
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About the Author

Michael J. Graetz is Justus S. Hotchkiss Professor of Law, Yale University, and he publishes frequently on the subject of federal taxation. He has served as Assistant to the Secretary and Special Counsel at the Treasury Department, as Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy, and as a member of the Commissioner's Advisory Group of the Internal Revenue Service.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Kaltenbach on August 4, 2010
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Though the plan does present a comprehensive overview of his competetive tax plan, and it is written refreshingly different from the condescending "Fair Tax" book, this book is an academic tome to read. Slogging through the pages is akin to reading the IRS tax code.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul Van de Water on January 18, 2008
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Michael Graetz makes tax policy almost enjoyable. Graetz never forgets that the tax system's primary purpose is to raise the money needed to finance the government services that the nation wants in the least harmful way. Or, as the French economist Colbert put it, "The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing." Graetz provides a realistic assessment of our current tax structure and deftly identifies the failings of faddish proposals, such as the "fair tax" and the "flat tax." His proposal to reduce the number of people required to pay income tax and to add a value-added tax to our nation's fiscal arsenal deserves serious consideration by conservatives and liberals alike.

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alex Garlick on March 11, 2008
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This book is a pleasure to get through and does an excellent job assessing the current state of tax reform. His competitive tax plan makes quite a bit of sense too. Shifting a good portion of federal revenue to a VAT takes over 150 million individuals off the IRS rolls and simplifies the entire system. I worry that the implementation process would be too complicated to reap the benefits of the simpler system, and that this plan lacks the proper advocates in Congress, but that does not mean you shouldn't read this book and understand his plan. The VAT is a tried and true system throughout the EU, and could help the US in numerous ways.
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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on May 3, 2011
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100 Million Unnecessary Returns, Michael J. Graetz

I have not read this book, it is not in the County Library System. I have read others. If the 1940 tax plan was his ideal, all we have to do is to re-adopt that system.

But the powerful Federal Reserve Bank, which gets the weekly payments, won't give up this interest-free money. Nor will all the powerful corporations who get special treatments. The standard deduction then was $3,000 or so. THAT must be increased to $75,000 (twenty-five times greater).

The Value Added Tax is a very high sales tax, like the mis-named 'FairTax', designed to oppress ordinary people. The first income tax law put a higher rate on unearned income (interest, dividends, royalties, etc). Some wouldn't want this either, but visit the FairTaxFraud dot com site for alternate taxing systems.
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