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  • Closing the Tax Gap
    Jason Furman
    April 10, 2006

    The Internal Revenue Service recently released updated estimates showing that the tax gap – which it describes as “the difference between what taxpayers should have paid and what they actually paid on a timely basis” — was $345 billion in Tax Year 2001. (This does not include unpaid taxes on illegal activities.)[1]  This represents a non-compliance rate of 16.3 …
  • Tax Reform and Poverty
    Jason Furman [1]
    April 10, 2006

    The tax system has a pervasive impact on poverty, both directly through its role in the distribution of society’s resources and indirectly through its effects on the incentives for economic decisions like working and saving.  The two most important facets of the tax system for low-income families are payroll taxes and the Earned Income Tax Credit …
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