Abstract

Globalization diminishes the U.S. government's ability to enforce the income tax by undermining the Internal Revenue Service's information advantage. U.S. taxpayers are able to hold their money overseas, where the IRS's information-gathering abilities are at their lowest ebb, with increasing ease. Tax treaties aim to rectify the IRS's information disadvantage abroad by encouraging foreign countries, particularly tax havens, to share information with the IRS. However, these treaties have been largely ineffective. Instead, it may be time for the United States to go the way of other developed countries and reform its tax structure to reduce reliance on the income tax and adopt, instead, a value-added tax.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-0367
Print ISSN
1080-0727
Pages
pp. 449-468
Launched on MUSE
2013-09-01
Open Access
No
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