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May 2012

Are Corporations People?

Corporations are not monoliths — they are made up of individuals, including workers and non-wealthy shareholders. So are corporations distinct from the people that comprise them? When corporations are taxed, who pays the tax? Economics professor Steven Horwitz shows why a tax on corporations is not the equivalent of a tax on the wealthy. Instead, workers and consumers will pay these taxes. A tax on a corporation is also a tax on the workers who work at the corporation, the consumers who buy from the corporation, and the shareholders who own the corporation as part of their retirement fund.

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