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Tax Reform
Do We Need a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code?
Last Featured: 4/2/2007

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According to the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform, Americans spent billions of dollars on tax preparation and 3.5 billion hours doing their taxes last year. It's a system so confusing that some estimate two million taxpayers paid more than they owed. Others say many provisions exist only to reward particular industries or special interest groups. It's tax season once again so join us on Justice Talking as we take a look at U.S. tax policy and ask whether Congress ought to adopt a simpler and fairer tax system.


Interview with a Journalist
Host Margot Adler talks with journalist David Cay Johnston about the complexity of the tax code, the Bush administration’s tax cuts, and the Alternative Minimum Tax.


David Cay Johnston is a journalist for the New York Times covering our tax system and won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his reporting. He is also the author of Perfectly Legal: the Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich and Cheat Everybody Else.

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Debate on Our Tax System
Karen Kraut of United for a Fair Economy and Club for Growth’s David Keating debate whether our tax code is fair, how to make it simpler, and alternatives to our current system.


Karen Kraut coordinates the Tax Fairness Organizing Collaborative, a network of fair tax coalitions in 18 states that are working to increase the fairness and adequacy of the state and federal tax systems. The collaborative is a project of the nonprofit group United for a Fair Economy.


David Keating is the executive director of Club for Growth, a political action committee that supports limited government, lower taxes and expanding free trade. He also serves as senior counselor for and a director of the National Taxpayers Union, the nation’s largest taxpayer organization.

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Interview with a Former U.S. Senator
Host Margot Adler speaks with former Senator Connie Mack about his efforts to reform our tax code.


Connie Mack was named chairman of the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform by President George W. Bush in January 2005. He served as a United States Senator from Florida from 1989 until 2001. Senator Connie Mack is now a senior policy advisor for the law firm King & Spalding.

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Report on Tax Assistance
Heidi Pickman reports from Los Angeles on the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. It’s a free program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and available to low- to moderate-income taxpayers in 80 cities around the country.

Elisha Thomas & Sayuri Espinosa of ACORN


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The National Taxpayer Advocate
Host Margot Adler speaks with Nina Olson about the Taxpayer Advocate Service, the most serious problems encountered by taxpayers, and some of the common mistakes people make when filing their taxes.


Nina Olson is the national taxpayer advocate for the IRS and Congress. She leads the Taxpayer Advocate Service, a nationwide organization of approximately 2,000 taxpayer advocates who help U.S. taxpayers resolve problems and work with the IRS to correct systemic and procedural problems.

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Interview with a War Tax Resister
Host Margot Adler talks with Paul Sheldon about his choice to break the law by not paying some of the taxes he owes to the government.


Paul Sheldon has been a war tax resister for about 20 years.

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