Morality and the 2017 Tax Act

Linda Sugin, The Social Meaning of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, 128 Yale L.J. 403 (2018). Susan Morse I am on alert for tax law changes as I teach Federal Income Tax this semester for the first time since the passage of the 2017 tax act. They seem to appear out of nowhere, rather than as part of a predictable pattern. What can explain seemingly disconnected provisions, scattered throughout the Code and enacted without an explicit policy explanation? Linda Sugin takes on this question in The Social Meaning of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, published in 2018 at the Yale Law Journal Forum. Her critical perspective makes an effort to divine the worldview embedded in the TCJA based on the content of the enacted law. Sugin’s engineering effort shows the following “American priorities and values revealed by the TCJA: The traditional family is best; Individuals have greater entitlement to their capital than to their labor; People are autonomous individuals; Charity is…

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