an unanticipated consequence of
Jack M. Balkin
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Bruce Ackerman bruce.ackerman at yale.edu
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Mary Dudziak mary.l.dudziak at emory.edu
Joey Fishkin joey.fishkin at gmail.com
Heather Gerken heather.gerken at yale.edu
Abbe Gluck abbe.gluck at yale.edu
Mark Graber mgraber at law.umaryland.edu
Stephen Griffin sgriffin at tulane.edu
Bernard Harcourt harcourt at uchicago.edu
Scott Horton shorto at law.columbia.edu
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Sanford Levinson slevinson at law.utexas.edu
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Gerard Magliocca gmaglioc at iupui.edu
Jason Mazzone mazzonej at illinois.edu
Linda McClain lmcclain at bu.edu
John Mikhail mikhail at law.georgetown.edu
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Nate Persily npersily at gmail.com
Michael Stokes Paulsen michaelstokespaulsen at gmail.com
Deborah Pearlstein dpearlst at princeton.edu
Rick Pildes rick.pildes at nyu.edu
Richard Primus raprimus at umich.edu
K. Sabeel Rahmansabeel.rahman at brooklaw.edu
Alice Ristroph alice.ristroph at shu.edu
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17% . . . was the effective tax rate paid by the 400 Americans with the highest adjusted gross income in 2007, the most recent year with IRS data available. The figure is down from almost 30 percent in 2005. [W]ith top rates on ordinary income, capital gains, dividends, estates and gifts at or near historic lows [this year could be even better].
B. A tax loophole for the top 25 hedge funders is worth about 120,000 teachers' salaries.
D. A journalist states that "Tax havens have grown so fast in the era of globalization, since the 1970s, that they are now right at the heart of the global economy."
E. David Cay Johnston states that, "during seven of the eight George W. Bush years, the IRS report on the top 400 taxpayers was labeled a state secret." Johnston also notes that, "When it comes to state and local taxes, the poor bear a heavier burden than the rich in every state except Vermont."
The federal income tax bill for a person making $15,000 is 51 percent higher today than it was 30 years ago -- a big jump. . . . If you brought in a half-million dollars, your tab would have dropped by 49.5 percent, saving you around $150,000. It's about the same decrease for someone making a cool million.