Tax Deductions: Analyses and Proposals on Itemized and Individual Bases

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Pierre Thibault (Editor)

Series: Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives
BISAC: BUS022000

The President and leading Members of Congress have indicated that income tax reform is a major policy objective. Some itemized deductions are visible candidates for “broadening the base” of the individual income tax and cutting back on tax expenditures and primarily consist of deductions for mortgage interest, state, and local taxes, and charitable contributions. The benefits of itemized deductions are concentrated among higher-income individuals, and that is particularly the case for state and local income tax deductions and charitable deductions. Proposals for addressing these provisions fall into two general classes.

One approach could include repealing or restricting all itemized deductions. A different approach would consider each type of deduction and tailor a reform to the particular objectives and merits of the deductions, such as a lower ceiling on home mortgage interest deduction and a floor for charitable contributions. This book analyzes various proposals to restrict itemized deductions, both across-the-board and individually tailored, using standard economic criteria of economic efficiency, distribution, simplicity, and estimated revenue effects. (Imprint: Novinka )

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Preface

Restrictions on Itemized Tax Deductions: Policy Options and Analysis
(Jane G. Gravelle, Sean Lowry, CRS)

Itemized Tax Deductions for Individuals: Data Analysis
(Sean Lowry, CRS)

Tax Deductions for Individuals: A Summary
(Sean Lowry, CRS)

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