Broader Issues in Taxing Hedge Fund Managers and Private Equity Partners

Brief

Broader Issues in Taxing Hedge Fund Managers and Private Equity Partners

The Government We Deserve
October 15, 2007

Abstract

If we're going to have a club whose members pay fairly low individual tax rates, we need to determine who deserves membership on the basis of principles. Few argue that letting hedge fund managers and private equity partners in the club furthers either progressivity or efficiency principles. The one legitimate argument for these club members' special status is simplificationcontinuing to treat all types of income the same among members of partnerships. Hardly convincing at all is the related argument that we shouldn't pick on this particular set of partners when plenty of others (say, individuals who manage their own portfolios) get the same low tax rates.

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