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I've read through this thread and I'm still confused about how B is correct. I chose A, but didn't feel good about any of the answers. I thought that B was incorrect because the author of passage A provided that these flat tax systems are inherently less complex, making tax avoidance significantly more difficult. They even reference the flat tax system in Estonia, where there are "no schedule of rates, no deductions." I ruled out B based on this information in the text, as I thought the simplistic nature of the flat tax system would get rid of the loopholes and special deductions referenced in B and would have an easy retort to the author of A had they responded with B. Why is B correct over A?
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The focus of the question stem has the answer for you, gingerale. We aren't looking to respond to the entire argument presented by Author A, but only to the last argument she made, which basically boiled down to "high earners are paying the same as lower earners anyway, so progressive taxes don't really work and we should switch to a flaw tax." Author B's response could be what answer B says, that the problem isn't that the tax is progressive, but just that it has too many loopholes. Don't scrap the progressive tax and switch to a flat tax, but just fix the loopholes!
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I ended up picking B, but flagged it because I was unsure. B says: "Existing tax codes allow tax avoidance by those with high incomes mainly because they contain loopholes and special deductions, not because they are graduated.". When I read this, I did feel like this would be a counter-argument for Author A. However, where I was getting confused was the part of the q "would be the most reasonable response for the author of passage B ". Because Author B didn't mention loopholes, I wasn't sure if I had enough evidence to say that author B would actually say this?

What I mean is, if the question were worded as a more normal weaken question to the argument of passage A, then I would have been more comfortable picking Answer choice B. But, I felt like I had to test whether author B would actually say Answer Choice B, and that one felt a little uncertain to me.

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Hey CD,

The author of Passage B doesn't use the word loophole, but passage B is arguing for graduated taxing. Passage A argues that graduated taxing allows people to avoid taxes - if the author for Passage B wanted to weaken this argument, they could offer answer choice (B) up in defense. It's fine that Passage B didn't ever mention loopholes - answer (B) is still the right answer because it attacks the last part of the argument in Passage A, as the question requests.

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