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Reactions of High-Income Taxpayers to Major Tax Legislation

Gerald Auten, David Splinter, and Susan Nelson

Abstract:

This paper examines how high-income taxpayers reacted to major tax legislation that affected incentives for realizations of capital gains, the form of compensation, type of investments, and the choice of organizational form for businesses. The Tax Reform Act of 1969, the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 are considered. The paper summarizes prior research and provides new evidence of short-term and longer-term responses of high-income taxpayers. The analysis uses individual and business tax return information to examine some of the most salient features of each of these laws. Examining the responses to prior reforms can inform discussion of the effects of future tax reform proposals.

Citation

Gerald Auten, David Splinter, and Susan Nelson (2016), Reactions of High-Income Taxpayers to Major Tax Legislation, National Tax Journal, 69:4, pp. 935-964

DOI: doi.org/10.17310/ntj.2016.4.10