Tax Solutions for Every Problem — Even Loneliness

Lonely old men need a place to congregate?  A McDonald’s kicks them out.  But a NYT op-ed writer offers a solution:  “I can imagine tax breaks for franchises that serve a high proportion of older adults.”  Tax solutions:  No problem too small?

But what David Brockway said about current Joint Tax Committee staff still seems true for me, 25 years after leaving the staff:  We are “likely to be ‘reformers’ at heart, with a very healthy skepticism about preferential tax treatment for any special activity.”  Even welcoming old-timers.  It’s easy to suggest a tax break, but making it actually work (counting the old folks) and keeping a coherent tax system are hard.


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