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tax policy, taxation, feminist tax theory, critique

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Law | Taxation | Tax Law


In this symposium essay, I briefly explore the usefulness of critical scholarship generally and then point to the manner in which this type of analysis can (and does) advance Professor Zelenak's aim of devising technical solutions to difficult policy problems. I then turn to Zelenak's critique of my article, "Taxing Housework." I argue that far from undermining my proposal to tax imputed income, Zelenak's work highlights several reasons for considering the proposal as an alternative to the existing tax structure. Importantly, I do not claim that taxing women's household labor is a perfect solution to the social and economic problems that women suffer. Rather, I hope that this exchange is part of a larger debate that ultimately facilitates a greater understanding of feminist issues in the context of federal taxation.