T. R. Reid - A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System
Roughly every 32 years, the American tax code gets a much-needed overhaul. Following the pattern that saw revised tax codes in 1922, 1954, and 1986, Reid, a long-time Washington Post correspondent and former head of its Tokyo and London bureaus, notes that the next revision is due in 2018. The current code is desperately in need of reform, and Reid’s book is an illuminating and even entertaining tour of how taxes are done in countries from Mexico to Estonia, the Czech Republic to New Zealand. Concerned especially about the complexity that requires legal counsel to prepare the returns and the labyrinth of unfair loopholes, exemptions, and special interest provisions, Reid finds many models for taxation that show how the process can be made comprehensible and equitable.