What the Experts Say

John Fox has an unerring sense for ferreting out aspects of the tax system that are sorely in need of questioning. From tax benefits targeted to people in need—and then denied to the most needy—to laws that subsidize the mansions of the rich but collect taxes from poor single individuals, he has identified issues that should be raised with every candidate. And he has done this in a remarkably clear, and entertaining, fashion.

Jane Gravelle, Chief Economist, Congressional Research Service, U.S. Congress
About 10 Tax Questions the Candidates Don't Want You to Ask (2004 edition)

Want to do your civic duty AND have fun at the same time? Read John Fox’s edgy new book, "10 Tax Questions the Candidates Don’t Want You to Ask", and then practice those zingers
on a politician near you. Fox gives you the keys to the truth of how your candidate will perform on tax issues and legislation. You’ll never have more fun being an informed voter.

Jim Blasingame, host of the nationally syndicated radio/Internet show, The Small Business Advocate, and named by the Small Business Administration as the 2002 Small Business Journalist of the Year.
About 10 Tax Questions the Candidates Don't Want You to Ask (2004 edition)

In this important election year, I can’t imagine anyone better suited than John Fox to alert voters to the important tax questions we need to ask candidates.

Charles Lewis, founder and executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan watchdog organization in Washington, D.C., that has been honored over 20 times for its investigative reporting and research on public policy issues.
About 10 Tax Questions the Candidates Don't Want You to Ask (2004 edition)

John Fox brings us back to reality: what do we really want from our income tax system? We can’t keep messing it up step by step, and we can’t rely upon one-line sound bites to fix it. Fox offers a comprehensive analysis: how the system evolved, what it is, and how we can make it much better. If you care about taxation, then you must care enough to read this superbly crafted book.

C. Eugene Steuerle, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.
About If Americans Really Understood the Income Tax

This important book explains our complex income tax system in unusually understandable terms and with valuable references to the major policy literature, history and debates. With great common sense, Fox argues persuasively for reforms. If Congress would respond to his views, we would have a simpler, fairer and more efficient income tax.

John K. McNulty, Roger J. Traynor Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
About If Americans Really Understood the Income Tax

John Fox explains the key issues for our income tax system in down-to-earth language and illustrates them with helpful real-life examples. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a reliable road map through the half-truths offered by advocates of one tax change or another.

Joel Slemrod, Paul W. McCracken Professor of Business, Economics and Public Policy, and Director of the Office of Tax Policy Research, University of Michigan Business School.
About If Americans Really Understood the Income Tax

In a clear, interesting, and convincing way, John Fox tells why our tax system is a mess, how it got that way, and how it can be fixed. Further, he makes the case that fundamental reform need not be a partisan cause. What has prevented real improvement of the system has been a lack of will by congresses and administrations supported by a lack of understanding by taxpayers. Fox’s book, widely read, will cure this lack of understanding. I highly recommend it.

Jerome Kurtz, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law; Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, 1977-1980
About If Americans Really Understood the Income Tax

An accessible--and entertaining--book of value to anyone interested in tax policy. With remarkable clarity, John Fox enhances understanding of even the most arcane issues.

Jane Gravelle, Chief Economist, Congressional Research Service, U.S. Congress
About If Americans Really Understood the Income Tax

John Fox's superb new book is timely and essential reading as a new President and Congress deliberate which tax laws are in the country's best interest for this century.

Two myths sustain most relief or so-called incentive provisions--that they make the laws "fairer" or "promote economic growth." No one has written more persuasively than Fox why this rarely is true and why most taxpayers would be best served by a far simpler, broad-based, lower rate system guided by a single principle: People with equal dollar ability to pay taxes should pay the same amount, and people with greater dollar ability to pay should pay more.

Mortimer M. Caplin, U.S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue under John F. Kennedy, Professor Emeritus,University of Virginia School of Law.
About If Americans Really Understood the Income Tax

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