Posted: 19 Oct 2002
Following the events of September 11, 2001, and the recession that was finally acknowledged last year, the debate has intensified over how, and how much, to cut income taxes. The main point of contention in this omnipresent debate centers on what income groups will receive the greatest benefit from any proposed tax cuts, and whether these benefits are warranted for the greater good.
Who are the rich? Do they pay their fair share of taxes? What is a fair share of taxes? These are the types of questions that Republicans and Democrats, mothers and fathers, housewives and lawyers, have debated for years. Everyone seems to have an opinion on questions of these sorts and those opinions are often based on a person's specific circumstances, such as socio-economic status, age, level of education, and even gender.
It has been long acknowledged that men and women have different attitudes toward any number of issues, including various ethical and public policy issues. Do these differences extend to issues involving taxation? Will men and women from the same socio-economic background have differing attitudes about the fairness of the current tax system in the United States, or the acceptability of cheating on taxes? The focus of this report is to clarify and specify differences of opinion and attitude between men and women on these and related issues.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Eicher, Jeffrey D. and Stuhldreher, Thomas J. and Stuhldreher, Wendy L., Men, Women, Taxes, and Ethics. Tax Notes, Vol. 97, No. 3, October 21, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=342401