The Tax Code as Social Policy in Rural America. Working Paper by Alan Berube for the RUPRI Rural Poverty Research Center. December, 2005.

The Tax Code as Social Policy in Rural America. Working Paper by Alan Berube for the RUPRI Rural Poverty Research Center. December, 2005.

The Tax Code as Social Policy in Rural America

This concept paper by Alan Berube was commissioned by the RUPRI Rural Poverty Research Center, and describes the increasingly fundamental role that the federal tax code plays in providing support to rural communities, especially their lower-income residents. It charts the overall growth of social policy expenditures through the tax code, and explains why these expenditures may be particularly meaningful for both families and places in rural America, focusing on the value of selected federal tax credits in two states relative to agricultural subsidies.

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