Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Creating a pro-tax story for racial equity
Nicholas A. Mirkay (Hawaii; Academic google) and Palma Joy Strand (Creighton), Creating a pro-tax story for racial equity108 Tax Notes St. 343 (April 24, 2023):
In this installment of “The Quest for Tax Justice” in Tax Notes State, Mirkay and Strand highlight the deep history of the contemporary racialized framing of “taxpayer” identity as white; examine the racist roots of the neoliberal attack on taxes; and introduce a human dignity-based response to the racialized status quo of the tax system. …
A pro-tax story prevailed in the United States not long ago, from the New Deal to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. The problem was that the robust and resilient middle class that these taxes created and maintained was limited to white citizens. Today, we need a story that once again supports investing in a strong and resilient middle class, this time one that brings together prosperity and equity. Economic dignity offers a positive foundation for a pro-tax story for racial equity.