I am putting up some sources of information on tax reform that are recent to inform discussion and perhaps stimulate people to try and influence their legislators with my comments in parentheses. I would be interested in seeing other interesting pieces, although this could quickly become way too voluminous.
https://itep.org/wp-content/uploads/taxday2017.pdf (This piece form the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy shows the distribution of income and total taxes - federal, state and local - across income quintiles. When you look at total taxes, the USA has a rather flat system - the lowest 20% of people get 3.3% of national income and pay 2.0% of total taxes, the richest 1% get 21.7% of income and pay 23.8% of taxes. This is useful to know when people go on and on about tax relief needs to go to the rich because they pay all the taxes. It just isn’t true.)
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/house-tax-bills-changes-to-state-and-local-tax-deductions-would-hurt-states (This is an analysis of the likely effects of eliminating the deduction for state income and sales tax while maintaining the property tax exemption up to $10000. Blue state punishment is one possibility.)
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/doubling-exemption-on-estate-tax-then-repealing-it-would-give-millions-to-wealthiest-heirs (A short analysis of the effects on proposed changes in the estate tax. IMO the labelling of the estate tax as a ‘death’ tax and vilifying it is another great scam pulled on ordinary working class people by the plutocrats. Anyway, if giving money to poor people is so hard on their work ethic, maybe we should just say there should be an estate tax to protect the morals and work ethic of the heirs of the rich.)
https://data.oecd.org/tax/tax-on-corporate-profits.htm (The OECD is a great source of comparative data for the industrialized world on a host of topics. A talking point of the Trumpsters and the tax cutters in Congress is that corporate taxes are high. It is true that the rates in the USA are higher than lots of other countries, but when you look at tax collected the USA is actually below the OECD average. And, I don’t think any of the tax breaks or methods of tax avoidance for corporations that operate globally are being taken away.)
(Finally, the WaPo had a wonkblog section with some charts about taxation in the USA. It focuses mainly on federal taxation but does have the chart showing that the USA is at the low end of the tax spectrum compared to other industrialized countries.) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/11/02/the-state-of-the-american-tax-system-in-8-charts/?utm_term=.f2a8259d52c7
(This is an oped piece by Steven Rattner in the NYT about the carried interest provision which seems to have survived the first version of the proposed tax reform. Rattner is a rich, Wall Street person who is on the liberal spectrum and raises the issue of how Dems deal with people like that. Some people think any association with Wall Street disqualifies one as being a progressive. Myself, I think in the modern world there will be and needs to be a financial sector and we should welcome Wall Street people who embrace enlightened self-interest. P.S. - the headline writer uses the phrase ‘too bad’ differently than I do.) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/03/opinion/the-gop-tax-bill-helps-me-and-thats-too-bad.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region®ion=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region