THE ROLE OF TAXES IN MITIGATING INCOME INEQUALITY ACROSS THE U.S. STATES

@article{Cooper2015THERO,
  title={THE ROLE OF TAXES IN MITIGATING INCOME INEQUALITY ACROSS THE U.S. STATES},
  author={Daniel H. Cooper and Byron F. Lutz and Michael G. Palumbo},
  journal={National Tax Journal},
  year={2015},
  volume={68},
  pages={943 - 974}
}
This paper examines the role that federal and especially state tax policies play in mitigating income inequality. The results show that the tax code reduces income inequality considerably in all states. All of this income compression is attributable to federal taxes, as state taxes, on average, widen the after-tax income distribution slightly. Nevertheless, there is very substantial cross-state variation in the impact of state tax policies. The paper further documents that the mitigating… 
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