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The Reality of Raising Taxes at the Top, Part 6: How to Raise Taxes at the Top Consistent with Economic Growth?

This blog series and our new report have shown that tax increases on high-income people of the magnitude under consideration would not change their behavior in ways that would hurt economic growth.  Moreover, the revenues from tax increases can reduce the deficit or fund investments that support growth.  So how should policy

The Reality of Raising Taxes at the Top, Part 5: Can Tax Increases Help Economic Growth?

In this blog series, and in our new report, we’ve considered how raising taxes at the top might affect economic growth.  We’ve found no convincing evidence that raising taxes at the levels that policymakers are considering would negatively affect high-income people’s reporting of taxable income, the amount they work, their saving and investment, the health of small businesses, or the rate of entrepreneurship.  But what if we look directly at the relations

The Reality of Raising Taxes at the Top, Part 2: Would Tax Increases Affect Work Effort?

The first installment in this series on how tax increases at the top might affect economic growth explained that while high-income people reduce their taxable income in response to tax hikes, that’s more because they adopt tax avoidance strategies than because they work, save, or invest less.  Nevertheless, opponents of raising taxes at the top claim that do

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