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Who pays what taxes, and where does the money go?

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll ask who bears what share of the tax burden and where their money goes.

Donald Trump’s 2017 tax law gave most of its benefits to high-income households and foreign investors while increasing taxes on some Americans. It also created a windfall for corporations. Now California legislators are considering a new tax hike on the top 0.2 percent most profitable corporations. What would a fair tax system look like?


Matt Gardner, senior fellow and former executive director at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy

Gene Steuerle, Institute Fellow and Richard B. Fisher Chair as well as the co-founder of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and author of Dead Men Ruling: How to Restore Fiscal Freedom and Rescue Our Future

Lindsay Koshgarian, program director at the National Priorities Project


Web Resources:

East Bay Times: Blue states fear exodus of rich taxpayers, but study finds no sign — yet

ITEP: Corporate Profits, Corporate Federal Tax Collections

Federal Priorities Project: Tax Day 2018

ProPublica: The IRS Tried to Take on the Ultrawealthy. It Didn’t Go Well.

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.