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ENRICH-0021 – Curr Iss: US Tax System (ENRICH-0021_TAX)

A Fine Mess: Taxing Questions and a World of Answers

Could taxes in the United States be simple, fair and efficient? The answers: Yes, Yes and Yes. As Congress moves toward a major reform of America’s absurdly complex and inequitable tax system, there’s an important resource that can tell us how to get tax reform right: the rest of the world. Virtually every proposal for tax reform—including the flat tax, the carbon tax and the Wall Street tax—has been tried somewhere. So why is it that other rich democracies have managed to find ways to not only make paying taxes simple but also make the revenue agency a popular branch of government? For his new bestselling book, A Fine Mess, journalist T.R. Reid traveled the world to research which ideas the U.S. might wisely adopt—and which ones we should avoid. In this course, expanded from his popular one-night lecture, Reid shares his findings about tax systems around the globe, examining the principles that make for a simple, fair and efficient tax code. According to Reid, if the U.S. were to adopt some of the ideas that have worked elsewhere, we could collect the same amount of revenue with much lower tax rates—without the need for H&R Block. Imagine if April 15 were just another spring day! Discover why our complicated tax system ties directly into the idea of American exceptionalism, and come away with solid solutions for long-lasting tax reform.

Two sessions
Wed., 7-9 pm, Nov. 8, 15, 2017
Location: Room 453, Sturm Hall, DU campus

T.R. (Tom) Reid served as the Washington Post’s bureau chief in Tokyo and London, reporting from four dozen countries on five continents. Also known for his documentary films and commentary for NPR, he recently published his 10th book in English (he’s written three in Japanese, too).
Course Details
Location: DU Main CampusMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 10Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $85


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Wednesday8th November 201715th November 201707:00PM - 09:00PMSturm HallThomas Reid