Connecticut Law Review Volume 45 - Issue 5

MORAL CONSIDERATIONS OF TAX POLICY: THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE ROLE OF THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT AND LEFT

Though not containing a blueprint for a perfect tax system, Christian teaching does contain several important principles for guiding moral evaluations of tax policies: Christians must care for the poor and pay their taxes. Rather than focus singularly on political outcomes, religious political leaders must agree on these foundational Biblical requirements and then engage in well-reasoned evaluations of which tax system best meets these objectives. As no scholar to date has been able to ascertain precisely which tax system will best address the pressing problem of poverty, such evaluations will not lead to conclusive results; however, the exercise is important as it will create a change in focus from “how does this tax system treat me?” to “how does this tax system treat others?”

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