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A New Look For The Tax Code

By Kara Miller

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Well, it’s tax season. But today we step away from Turbo Tax, H&R Block, and quandaries about what we should deduct so we can ask a bigger question:

The game of Monopoly has a much simpler tax code than the American taxation system. (Images_of_money via Flickr)

Does our tax system make any sense?

Warren Buffett famously discusses how he pays much less, as a percentage, than his secretary -- leading President Obama to call for a "Buffett Rule" that would prevent it.

But how else could our tax system improve? What reinventions -- big and small -- could put our system in check?

We ask two top economists -- one from the Clinton administration, and one from the Bush Administration -- how we can rexamine and reinvent this tax system.


  • Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics, MIT; former deputy assistant secretary for economic policy for the Clinton Administration

  • Matthew Weinzierl, assistant professor of business administration, Harvard Business School; former staff economist, Bush Administration

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Each week, Kara Miller talks to Boston's most innovative thinkers, examining new ideas and potential solutions to today’s many challenges. Topics range from education to health care to green energy. Join us on Saturdays at 7 a.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m.

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As a radio host, Kara Miller has interviewed thinkers from E.J. Dionne to Howard Gardner, Deepak Chopra to Lani Guinier. She is a panelist on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press," as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The National Journal, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and The International Herald Tribune.

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