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Global Tax Revolution: The Rise of Tax Competition and the Battle to Defend It Hardcover – August 27, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1933995182 ISBN-10: 1933995181

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Cato Institute (August 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933995181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933995182
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,438,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Superb, well-written, eye-opening survey of the exciting worldwide movement to cut individual and business taxes. The flat tax, in particular, is gaining momentum, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. Depressingly, the United States, once the leader in tax cutting, is now lagging. This masterpiece may not wake up myopic Washington, but it will arouse the American people to demand action!"
--STEVE FORBES,
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF FORBES MAGAZINE

"Globalization is confronting governments with an increasingly competitive fiscal environment. Investors now have many choices among competing country tax climates. Global Tax Revolution shows that countries ignore this reality at their peril."
--VERNON L. SMITH,
NOBEL LAUREATE IN ECONOMICS

"This well-researched book provides a strong and clear message about the need for tax reform in an era of rising globalization. Taxpayers, business leaders, policy experts, and members of Congress need to read this book."
--EDWARD C. PRESCOTT,
NOBEL LAUREATE IN ECONOMICS

"Chris Edwards and Dan Mitchell take the reader on a fascinating world tour of tax reforms since the 1980s and make a strong case that U.S. policymakers need to follow the lead of the two dozen nations that have adopted simple, pro-growth flat tax systems."
--ALVIN RABUSHKA,
SENIOR FELLOW, HOOVER INSTITUTION AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY, AND CO-AUTHOR OF THE FLAT TAX

"Edwards and Mitchell provide a warning to Americans that their future prosperity rests on leadership in tax reform and strong support of international tax competition."
--WALTER E. WILLIAMS,
PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

"Global Tax Revolution reveals how dramatic tax reforms are being implemented abroad thanks to foreign leaders who recognize that pro-growth policies keep the entrepreneurial geese that lay the golden eggs of prosperity from flying away."
--DICK ARMEY,
CHAIRMAN OF FREEDOMWORKS AND FORMER MAJORITY LEADER OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

About the Author

Chris Edwards is director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute and author of Downsizing the Federal Government.

DANIEL J. MITCHELL is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and author of The Flat Tax: Freedom, Fairness, Jobs, and Growth.

More About the Author

Chris Edwards is a top expert on federal and state tax and budget issues. Before joining Cato in 2001, Edwards was senior economist on the congressional Joint Economic Committee examining tax, budget, and entrepreneurship issues. From 1994 to 1998, he was a consultant and manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers examining fiscal issues being considered by Congress. From 1992 to 1994, he was an economist with the Tax Foundation. Edwards' articles on tax and budget policies have appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Investor's Business Daily, and other newspapers. He is the author of Downsizing the Federal Government and co-author of Global Tax Revolution. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in economics. He also manages www.downsizinggovernment.org.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Puterbaugh on December 19, 2008
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I guess we all remember the first time we heard the term "flat tax." It looked like it might be a good idea, but we never came close to debating it, much less trying it. It comes as a surprise, then, to learn that over twenty countries around the world already HAVE a flat tax. It averages around 17%. Many countries have completely eliminated capital gains taxes and estate taxes. Personal tax rates are DECLINING.

One very important reason for doing all this is to attract corporations and taxpayers. Cities which are drunk on high tax revenues (New York City springs to mind) have been facing a dwindling tax base for years. And some people think the answer to this problem is to raise taxes even further. I lived in Manhattan for a while, and I was shocked to discover that I was getting taxed at least FOUR TIMES: the Federal bite, the N.Y. state bite, the N.Y. city bite (!), and of course the sales tax. If I put the pathetic remnants into investments, the interest and dividends would get taxed AGAIN.

Oppressive regulation and outrageous taxation spell the same thing: companies leaving for more welcoming places. You may find it hilarious that California do-gooders recently found a new regulation: any business with more than 50 employees must send them to sexual-harassment workshops. (Do you have any idea how much the "facilitators" there earn? And how useless their "workshops" are?) And, as I write this review, California Democrats are trying to sneak through a massive tax hike. Great. More stupid rules, and higher taxes. Bye-bye business.

You may also be shocked to learn that America has the highest corporate tax rate in the world!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William J. Skinner on October 16, 2008
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This compilation and discussion of taxes around the world is a great read for all tax policy professionals. It has data from hard to find places and reality assessments of what the data means. The next President should read this before he proposes any tax changes.
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International tax competition is only one aspect of globalization: as mobility and capital change, individuals and businesses alike are investing in nations with lower take rate pressuring their own governments to cut taxes at home or see a loss in revenue. Such tax competition is generating intense political opposition but the authors argue against such opposition, showing that such competition is actually helping to advance prosperity and expand human rights. College-level libraries strong in both business, economics, and social issues will find this an excellent source for discussion.
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Here is another book that will frustrate you as an American. While Washington continues to pile on more debt, grow government, and make the million-plus word tax-code more and more complicated, many countries are going the other direction and recognizing that simplified and low taxes create prosperity. The authors of this book are major activists for global tax competition and reveal the statists' objectives throughout the world to shut down tax competition. It makes you realize that when companies move businesses outside the US because of high taxes, they are not evil and greedy. They are simply working to reduce costs. A free and prosperous country should work to encourage businesses by keeping taxes low and if businesses are leaving the country that is a sign that something needs to change and force is not the answer.
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