NYT calls for VAT. Is that new?

The VAT has two kinds of complexity:  who is exempt, and what?  Microbusinesses (who?), and medicine (what?), for instance?  Lots of countries have handled these issues, with less furor than with the income tax. (Rates are just a variation on exemption — “what” should bear a low rate instead of no tax?)

The New York Times is up for it:  “Mr. Obama would be wise to instruct the Treasury Department to start work on tax reform now, exploring carbon taxes, both to raise revenue and to protect the environment; a value-added tax, coupled with provisions to protect lower-income taxpayers from higher prices, to tax consumption and encourage saving; and a financial transactions tax, to ensure that the financial sector, whose profits have substantially outpaced those of nonfinancial corporations, pay a fair share.”http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/30/opinion/sunday/why-the-economy-needs-tax-reform.html?hp


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