Tackling the Tax Machine | via @nytimes

nytimes-Reformers Try to Tackle the Tax MachineWASHINGTON — President Obama’s education proposal was intended to be the essence of policy elegance, simplifying a tangle of tuition aid programs and targeting assistance to families with the greatest need.

But the plan, unveiled on Jan. 17 and abandoned 10 days later, accomplished little more than angering thousands of people. Why? It would have rolled back the tax exemption of 529 education accounts, which are widely used by affluent parents to save money for their children’s college educations.

That debacle sent an ominous message to policy makers as they set out yet again to overhaul the tax code: Each wrinkle of complexity in the tax rules has a constituency that is likely to fight for it…

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Reformers Try to Tackle the Tax Machine (By JONATHAN WEISMAN)