Editor's note

There’s a lot of flexibility in what and how we report our income and assets to the IRS. As a result, compliance with the tax law depends on faith among taxpayers in the fundamental fairness of the system. The Trump administration’s proposal to dramatically lower the rates of so-called pass-through entities will likely prompt more creative accounting and outright tax evasion that could threaten that faith, with dire consequences, write Gil B. Manzon Jr. and Tim Gray of Boston College.

Hemorrhaging subscribers and locked into multi-billion dollar TV deals, ESPN laid off around 100 employees last week. According to the University of Michigan’s Amanda Lotz, the move could signal the unraveling of a business model that’s underpinned sports broadcasting for decades.

And for those who believe the problem of blasphemy is largely related to the Muslim world, Case Western’s scholar, Steve Pinkerton, adds a cautionary note, as he points to a “resurgence” of blasphemy laws in the “supposedly secular” West.

Bryan Keogh

Editor, Economics and Business

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Trump’s tax plan may make it harder to win the ‘Fair Tax Game.’ Joshua Roberts/Reuters

How Trump's tax proposal could weaken faith in the system's fairness

Gil B. Manzon Jr., Boston College; Tim Gray, Boston College

The administration's plan to significantly cut the tax rate on so-called pass-through entities will likely lead to creative tax planning and outright evasion, damaging faith in the system.

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  • Blasphemy isn't just a problem in the Muslim world

    Steve Pinkerton, Case Western Reserve University

    Many in the West treat blasphemy as an obsolete concept. A scholar argues that blasphemy laws in the West suggest otherwise, while also sharing common features with such laws in the Muslim world.

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