Talking Tax Reform on the PBS Newshour

Here’s an interview that Alice Rivlin and I recently did with Jeffrey Brown on the PBS Newshour. Spoiler: Both Alice and I think the tax code needs to be fixed. 

P.S. Most TV interviews involve starting into a camera and listening to a voice in your ear. So this was a fun change with Alice, Jeff, and me together.

8 thoughts on “Talking Tax Reform on the PBS Newshour”

  1. That was a good discussion. I fully agree with Alice’s stance on the mortgage interest deduction; however, the discussion of “her favorite example” was a bit misleading from an historical perpective. Alice suggests that the deduction got into the tax code for the purpose of “encouraging home ownership”. Actually, the deduction has existed from the beginning (1913) and originally had nothing to do with encouraging home ownership. It likely survived the 1986 TRA for that reason, but it was not created for that reason, as explained in the following article which calls it “the accidental deduction”:

    http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1561&context=lcp

  2. P.S. Most TV interviews involve starting into a camera and listening to a voice in your ear. So this was a fun change with Alice, Jeff, and me together.

  3. ou actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I抣l try to get the hang of it!

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