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Happy Anniversary? 100 Years of the Federal Income Tax

Urban Institute

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EST)

Washington, DC

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  • Nina Olson, national taxpayer advocate, Internal Revenue Service
  • Eugene Steuerle, Institute fellow, Urban Institute; author, Contemporary U.S. Tax Policy
  • Joseph Thorndike, director, Tax History Project, Tax Analysts; author, Their Fair Share: Taxing the Rich in the Age of FDR
  • Eric Toder, Institute fellow, Urban Institute; co-director, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
  • Howard Gleckman, resident fellow, Urban Institute; editor, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center’s TaxVox blog (moderator) 

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” — Albert Einstein

One hundred years ago this month, the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, giving Congress the “power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”

And for 100 years, the income tax has been both soap box and whipping post for innumerable debates over the role and resources of government, the relationship of the electorate to the elected, and fairness, favor, and confusion in the tax code.

Please join this stellar panel for an engaging examination of the evolution of progressive income taxation, efforts to reform the income tax, proposals to replace the income tax with a consumption tax, and the challenges and history of tax collections.

To watch the live video webcast or a recording, go to (No registration necessary.)

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The Urban Insitute
2100 M Street N.W., 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EST)

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