Against the backdrop of rising income inequality in the United States is the recent overhaul of federal tax regulations that nevertheless leaves intact certain individual tax provisions that together are estimated to cost the US budget more than $5 trillion dollars over the next decade. This calls into question the extent to which these major tax provisions are consistent with an economic system that promotes integral human development, a central theme in Catholic Social Thought (CST). Our examination of the home-mortgage-interest deduction, the preferential tax rate on capital gains, and the income exclusion for employer-paid health insurance premiums highlight the importance of confronting the tradeoffs among CST principles of human dignity in an economic system that continues to preserve regressive tax provisions. This project was inspired the authors’ participation in the Spring 2016 faculty seminar on Catholic Social Thought.
The authors, in alphabetical order:
Stacey Jones is a Senior Instructor in the Economics Department of the Albers School. Her research is primarily on the historical development of women's role in the US economy, including women's role in the labor market, higher education, and the household.
Susan Weihrich teaches primarily in the area of taxation. She is a frequently invited speaker in the areas of Federal tax policy. Her research has been published in tax journals, corporate finance, accounting and auditing journals. She has many years of experience in tax compliance and has assisted in the Seattle University’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for over 20 years. She was the first recipient of the Seattle University “Spirit of Community Award.”
Tina Zamora is an Associate Professor in the Accounting Department of the Albers School. Her research examines how economic and fairness incentives, financial and nonfinancial information, and corporate governance factors impact individual decisions and organizational performance. Her work is published in top journals in finance, business ethics, auditing, management accounting, and accounting education. Prior to joining academia, she worked in the Japanese and Korean Tax and Audit Practice of KPMG LLP in New York City.
This presentation will explore the issues faced by Seattle's Muslim community, and how local Muslims deploy theological and spiritual tools to address these issues. The presentation will particularly highlight the experiences of the Somali community.
Ali Altaf Mian is assistant professor of Islamic studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. He completed his Ph.D. in religious studies in 2015 from Duke University. His research interests include: Islam in South Asia; Islamic law and ethics; gender and sexuality; feminist theory and practice; Sufism and comparative mysticism; continental philosophy; comparative religion; theory and method in the study of religion. Currently, he is working on two manuscripts: Muslims in South Asia (contracted with Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming in 2019) and Surviving Modernity: Ashraf ‘Ali Thanvi (1863-1943) and the Politics of Muslim Orthodoxy in Colonial India. His publications have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Islamic Studies, Muslim World, and Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies.
Saturday, June 2, 2018
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