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From Sword to Shield: The Transformation of the Corporate Income Tax, 1861 to Present (Hardback)
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From Sword to Shield: The Transformation of the Corporate Income Tax, 1861 to Present (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 20/05/2010
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The U.S. corporate income tax - and in particular the double taxation of corporate income - has long been one of the most criticized and stubbornly persistent aspects of the federal revenue system. Unlike in most other industrialized countries, corporate income is taxed twice, first at the entity level and again at the shareholder level when distributed as a dividend. The conventional wisdom has been that this double taxation was part of the system's original design over a century ago and has survived despite withering opposition from business interests. In both cases, history tells another tale. Double taxation as we know it today did not appear until several decades after the corporate income tax was first adopted. Moreover, it was embraced by corporate representatives at the outset and in subsequent years businesses have been far more ambivalent about its existence than is popularly assumed. From Sword to Shield: The Transformation of the Corporate Income Tax, 1861 to Present is the first historical account of the evolution of the corporate income tax in America. Professor Steven A. Bank explains the origins of corporate income tax and the political, economic, and social forces that transformed it from a sword against evasion of the individual income tax to a shield against government and shareholder interference with the management of corporate funds.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780195326192
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 217 x 148 x 26 mm


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"From Sword to Shield is a fascinating read on several levels...Which is to say, if you have any interest in tax, you need to read this book. And even if you don't have any interest in tax, if you are interested in the legislative process or in economic history (or even on the impact of war on fiscal policy), this book is for you."
--Samuel D. Brunson, Assistant Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
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"From Sword to Shield is a fascinating read on several levels...Which is to say, if you have any interest in tax, you need to read this book. And even if you don't have any interest in tax, if you are interested in the legislative process or in economic history (or even on the impact of war on fiscal policy), this book is for you."
--Samuel D. Brunson, Assistant Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Concurring Opinions


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