Pres. Hoover's apparent recent stand against all capital gains taxes on grounds they intensify both booms and busts may be logical, but is probably too radical a change for the US tax system. Current concept of capital gains as income is so deeply ingrained in our income tax system that its elimination would require "pretty complete rewriting and reinterpretation of this complex law."
Friday, June 25, 2010
Hoover on Taxing Capital Gain
From an editorial in the June 24, 1931 Wall Street Journal, as summarized at News from 1930: