Paul Caron: Bank Reviews Rebellion, Rascals, And Revenue: Tax Follies And Wisdom Through The Ages (May 5, 2021)

Paul Caron has published an article on the TaxProf Blog, titled “Bank Reviews Rebellion, Rascals, And Revenue: Tax Follies And Wisdom Through The Ages.” The article begins as follows:

Steven A. Bank (UCLA), Taxation’s Summer Blockbuster (reviewing Michael Keen (IMF) & Joel Slemrod (Michigan; Google Scholar), Rebellion, Rascals, and Revenue: Tax Follies and Wisdom through the Ages (Princeton University Press 2021)):

In Rebellion, Rascals, and Revenue, Michael Keen and Joel Slemrod have written a fantastic book that collects and loosely organizes a treasure trove of anecdotes about tax systems, trivia, and events around the world and throughout history. In many respects the book, which endeavors to include stories about any type of tax, in any type of tax system, in any period in history, is overly ambitious. Nevertheless, Keen and Mick identify several common themes that persist over time. More contextualization might have revealed an omitted theme – the effect of societal changes on the development and adaptation of tax systems – but the book’s main contribution is in taking readers on a raucous ride through tax history that will leave them convinced that taxation is not only important, but exciting as well. In Rebellion, Rascals, and Revenue, Michael Keen and Joel Slemrod, two public finance economists from the International Monetary Fund and the University of Michigan, respectively, have written a fantastic book that collects and loosely organizes a treasure trove of anecdotes about tax systems, trivia, and events around the world and throughout history.

Click here to see full article: “Bank Reviews Rebellion, Rascals, And Revenue: Tax Follies And Wisdom Through The Ages.”

Posted by Bella Hoang, Managing Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.

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