Charles Lane [“A better tax code solution,” op-ed, Aug. 14] and Harold Meyerson [“A case for attacking economic inequality,” op-ed, Aug. 14] need to join forces.

Any tax code solution that lowers corporate income tax rates needs to have the Internal Revenue Service treating capital gains and dividends as ordinary income. Corporate income then would be taxed at the stockholder level and not at the corporate level, thereby making U.S. companies more competitive internationally.

We need to attack economic inequality. People with the largest share of the income and wealth pies also receive a much larger portion of their income as capital gains or dividends. Why should this privileged group of people receive a special lower tax rate than those who rely on wages and salaries?

Fred L. Olson, Washington