A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System by T.R. Reid

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Read A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System Online Free - The U.S. tax code is a total write-off. Crammed with loopholes and special interest provisions, it works for no one except tax lawyers, accountants, and huge corporations. Not for the first time, we have reached a breaking point. That happened in 1922, and again in 1954, and again in 1986. In other words, every thirty-two years. Which means that the next complete overhaul is due in 2018. But what should be in this new tax code? Can we make the U.S. tax system simpler, fairer, and more efficient? Yes, yes, and yes. Can we cut tax rates and still bring in more revenue? Yes.
Other rich countries, from Estonia to New Zealand to the UK--advanced, high-tech, free-market democracies--have all devised tax regimes that are equitable, effective, and easy on the taxpayer. But the United States has languished. So byzantine are the current statutes that, by our government's own estimates, Americans spend six billion hours and $10 billion every year preparing and filing their taxes. In the Netherlands that task takes a mere fifteen minutes! Successful American companies like Apple, Caterpillar, and Google effectively pay no tax at all in some instances because of loopholes that allow them to move profits offshore. Indeed, the dysfunctional tax system has become a major cause of economic inequality.
In A Fine Mess, T. R. Reid crisscrosses the globe in search of the exact solutions to these urgent problems. With an uncanny knack for making a complex subject not just accessible but gripping, he investigates what makes good taxation (no, that's not an oxymoron) and brings that knowledge home where it is needed most. Never talking down or reflexively siding with either wing of politics, T. R. Reid presses the case for sensible root-and-branch reforms with a companionable ebullience. This affects everyone. Doing our taxes will never be America's favorite pastime, but it can and should be so much easier and fairer.



Title : A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System
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ISBN : 1594205515
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


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Steve rated it ★★★★☆

September 27, 2017

I never thought I’d read a whole book about tax policy, but this wasn’t too bad. Written very simply and directly, it gives some history of taxation around the world and especially in America, with a broad overview of how our tax system works and how it could be improved, especially by emulating...


Emily rated it ★★★★☆

May 10, 2017

I'm going to jot down a few quotes here as I run across them... "The 535 members of the U.S. Congress--the people who write the tax laws--have given themselves various tax break and deductions that other Americans don't get. This is probably a natural tendency among people who write the law. As it...


Conor rated it ★★★★☆

June 20, 2017

So, I can't exactly recommend this book. It is, after all, about taxes. Taxes are boring, everyone has unlettered and predictable opinions about them, and the subject is endlessly abstruse. But they're also very important. Beyond clumsy suppositions about liberals favoring more taxes and conserva...


Angie rated it ★★★☆☆

April 09, 2017

3+ Everyone complains about taxes, but veteran journalist T. R. Reid thinks the time is right for us to DO something about it. According to Reid’s research, we have had a major overhaul of our tax system in the United States every 32 years, which means we are due for the next major rewrite in 2018...


Graeme rated it ★★★★★

October 12, 2017

I read this book on the recommendation of my Goodreads friend Steve. I may have otherwise passed it by, expecting a dry, technical tome. In fact, I enjoyed it and learned a great deal. I used to imagine that Americans must understand most of the arcane shit in tax forms and the IRS booklets that...


Manray9 rated it ★★★☆☆

September 07, 2017

A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System is insightful and thought-provoking. The current system cries out for reform, but I foresee little chance of any genuine improvements to our obtuse and archaic tax code during an era of government paralysis. Reid des...


Book rated it ★★★★☆

July 13, 2017

A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System by T.R. Reid “A Fine Mess” is a surprisingly readable book on sensible taxation. Best-selling author and longtime correspondent for the Washington Post, T.R. Reid once again travels the globe in search of taxes that m...


Eric rated it ★★★★☆

May 19, 2017

You'd think a book on comparative taxation would be a snooze fest but Reid does a fantastic job of guiding the reader through our complex tax code and uses international and historic examples and data to show how it could be better. Great writing on a normally agonizingly boring topic.


Hill rated it ★★★★★

April 15, 2017

Tax: A fine mess: I ❤this book: Out of the 35 OECD countries the US is ranked 32 in terms of low taxes! It's only 25.8% of it's GDP. Mexico and Chile are behind. However Warren Buffett's secretary pays higher tax than Mr. Buffett. Why so unfair? Tax laws lobbied and set So "capital gains" are tax...


Karel rated it ★★★★★

September 06, 2017

Since Tax Reform is about to fly all over the news, you really should read this interesting and enjoyable book on taxes! An easy to read and carefully edited collection of 12 short essays, each about the history and benefits of different types of tax. As a progressive, I tend to doubt whatever Tr...





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