Is tax reform impossible? That’s a depressing topic to address on Tax Day, particularly since I’ve spent the past 20 years pushing for tax reform.
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Dan Mitchell is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC. He is one of the nation's experts on the flat tax and has been the leading international voice in the fight to preserve tax competition, financial privacy, and fiscal sovereignty.
Dan's work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Times, Washington Post, National Review, Villanova Law Review, Public Choice, Journal of Regulation and Social Cost, Emory Law Journal, Forbes, USA Today, Offshore Investment, Playboy, Investor's Business Daily, and Worldwide Reinsurance Review. He has appeared on all the major networks, including CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and C-SPAN.
Prior to joining Cato, Dan worked for the Heritage Foundation, Senator Bob Packwood, and Citizens for a Sound Economy. Dan also spent more than three years beginning every day by co-hosting a television show. Dan earned a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University and undergraduate and Masters degrees from the University of Georgia.
Next Monday, Notre Dame has the near-hopeless task of playing Alabama for college football’s national title. By all accounts, this is a mismatch, featuring the top team from the nation’s strongest conference against an Irish squad that backed into the championship game because so many other teams stumbled. So very few people will be surprised when the Crimson Tide emerges victorious.
With Tax Day upon us, it’s time to reflect and create a better tax system. The one we have now—the Internal Revenue Code—is a complicated failure that hinders America’s growth while allowing the politically well-connected to get special breaks that are not available to average workers and businesses. This corrupt mess should be ripped up and replaced by a simple and fair flat tax.