Taxing the Poor

Taxing the Poor

Doing Damage to the Truly Disadvantaged

Book - 2011
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This book looks at the way we tax the poor in the United States, particularly in the American South, where poor families are often subject to income taxes, and where regressive sales taxes apply even to food for home consumption. The authors argue that these policies contribute in unrecognized ways to poverty related problems like obesity, early mortality, the high school dropout rates, teen pregnancy, and crime. They show how, decades before California's passage of Proposition 13, many southern states implemented legislation that makes it almost impossible to raise property or corporate taxes, a pattern now growing in the western states. The book demonstrates how sales taxes intended to replace the missing revenue, taxes that at first glance appear fair, actually punish the poor and exacerbate the very conditions that drove them into poverty in the first place
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780520269668
Characteristics: xlviii, 212 p. : ill., maps, ports., charts ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: O'Brien, Rourke L. 1984-


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