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    All the various credits and deductions one can take incentivize various behaviors.  It's a subtle, yet I feel significant, difference from direct application of vice taxes though.  Allowing a tax deduction for putting solar panels on your roof comes across differently than slapping on a fee on anyone who doesn't get the panels...imagine how different the reaction would be to the ACA mandate if instead of there being a fee for non-compliance, there was simply a tax deduction for compliance.

    In the end I suppose it really is the same thing though.  I guess I don't mind a lot of the tax code silliness because it doesn't come across as being a punitive thing, whereas cigarette taxes are definitely punitive.

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