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Dreaming the Impossible Dream: Is a Wealth Tax Now Possible in America?


Richard Lavoie


University of Akron - School of Law

March 2, 2014

U of Akron Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-01

Abstract:     
It is often thought that a direct tax on individual wealth is a political non-starter in the United States. Not only is such a tax arguably unconstitutional, but as a psychological matter it goes against the American psyche. That is, each of us hold out hope that someday we might become rich too, so we will not support any tax perceived as a “soak the rich” ploy. But has wealth inequality in the United States now reached the breaking point? Might recent public attention to the issue of economic inequality indicate that it might be possible to make a wealth tax a reality? This article will examine the utility and political viability of adopting a wealth tax in the United States.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 33

Keywords: tax, wealth inequality

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Date posted: March 2, 2014 ; Last revised: March 4, 2014

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Lavoie, Richard, Dreaming the Impossible Dream: Is a Wealth Tax Now Possible in America? (March 2, 2014). U of Akron Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-01. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2402978 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2402978

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University of Akron - School of Law ( email )
150 University Ave.
Akron, OH 44325-2901
United States
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