John O FoxSocial Policy Connections welcomed Professor John Fox as guest speaker on 18 March 2009 at the Yarra Theological Union in Box Hill.

Professor Fox spent 36 years wrestling with tax laws as a lawyer in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book If Americans Really Understood the Income Tax and “10 tax questions the candidates don’t want you to ask” (see Professor Fox is a frequent media commentator on the distortions in the US tax system. He presently teaches “Winners and Losers”, a course on U.S. tax policy at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Professor Fox’s lecture focused on “Making taxation more equitable”. He illustrated the need for major systemic tax reforms as a matter of social justice. With the elections of President Obama and Prime Minister Rudd, Fox emphasised that governments have a fresh opportunity to  undertake a major reform of tax policies in order to create a more just tax system.

Please click below to view John Fox’s five rules to better understand the tax system.

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