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.