Dr. David Frantz Bradford, a tax economist who proposed the "X tax," a controversial alternative to supplant the Internal Revenue Code, died at his home here. He was 66. The cause of death was burns suffered in a fire at his home earlier this month. Bradford, a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton, as well as a professor at New York University, had advocated switching to a system that taxed people on their spending levels. His subsequent proposal, the X tax, was a distant relative to a flat tax system, but Bradford's system applied a graduated rate schedule for people in the higher income brackets. A flat tax applies a single rate of tax for all income brackets. Bradford served as deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for tax policy in the Ford administration, and later was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to the Council of Economic Advisors from 1991 to 1993. He joined the economics department at Princeton in 1966. He also authored "Untangling the Income Tax."

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