Alfredo Uribe

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Honors Thesis


Taxation is long standing staple of human society and government. From early civilizations to the present, it has not only been a consistent revenue stream, but also an agent of influence. There is historical evidence that the practice of levying taxes has the ability to be a coercive force in the marketplace as well as the public thought. As a result, understanding how it was able to do so by analyzing tax policies and their effects can be a useful endeavor as it provides insight into future applications of tax law. Even today, in the context of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and the many reforms before it, there is much to be learned that could lead to a more productive use of taxation to generate social and economic change.

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