The Philosophy of Taxation and Public Finance

Authors: McGee, Robert W.

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Most public finance books are texts, which are aimed at undergraduate or graduate students. They are overly technical in nature and appeal only to a narrow range of bureaucrats and academics. Books on taxation are written for tax practitioners and usually emphasize either what the law is or how to maneuver through the labyrinth of tax law to minimize taxes for clients. Philosophy books on taxation or public finance simply do not exist.

The Philosophy of Taxation and Public Finance is different. It is written in nontechnical language and is aimed to appeal to a wide range of readers, including practitioners, academics and students in the fields of taxation, public finance, economics, law, philosophy and political science as well as general readers who are interested in learning why they are being taxed the way they are. The author addresses the major issues and topics in taxation and public finance and injects them with philosophical insights. He discusses questions such as:
-What arguments have been used to justify taxation?
-When is tax evasion unethical?
-Are some taxes better than others?
-What are the proper functions of government?
-How much is enough? Is the ability to pay concept valid?
-When can punitive taxes be justified?

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Robert W. McGee is a professor at the Florida International University, USA. He has published more than 40 books and more than 300 scholarly papers in the fields of accounting, taxation, economics, law and philosophy. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and attorney, has taught both public finance and taxation and has doctorates in accounting, taxation, economics, law and philosophy

Table of contents (33 chapters)

Table of contents (33 chapters)
  • What Should Government Do?

    Pages 3-12

    McGee, Robert W., JD, PhD, CPA, CMA, CIA, CBA

  • When Can Taxation Be Justified?

    Pages 15-31

    McGee, Robert W., JD, PhD, CPA, CMA, CIA, CBA

  • Is Taxation Theft?

    Pages 33-39

    McGee, Robert W., JD, PhD, CPA, CMA, CIA, CBA

  • Should Accountants and Attorneys be Punished for Aiding and Abetting Tax Evasion?

    Pages 41-44

    McGee, Robert W., JD, PhD, CPA, CMA, CIA, CBA

  • Jewish Views on the Ethics of Tax Evasion

    Pages 45-54

    McGee, Robert W., JD, PhD, CPA, CMA, CIA, CBA

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Philosophy of Taxation and Public Finance
Authors
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-9140-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-9140-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-7716-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 313
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