Journal Article Taxes, Government Transfers and Wealth Inequality
C. Eugene Steuerle
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Federal tax and spending policies are worsening the problem of economic inequality. But the tax breaks that overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy are only part of the challenge. The increasing diversion of government spending toward income supports and away from opportunity-building programs also is undermining social comity and, ironically, locking in wealth inequality. Until we fix both sides of this equation, don’t expect government policy to succeed in distributing wealth more equally. After all, simply leveling wealth from the top still will leave the large number of households holding zero wealth with zero percent of all societal wealth.
This article was originally published by the on January 21, 2019.
Research Areas Taxes and budgets
Tags State and local tax issues Individual taxes Taxes and business
Policy Centers Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center