How Old Was the Estate Tax When It Died?

    Over at the Huffington Post, Chris Kelly did a nice little send-up of the estate tax debacle. Taking his cue from the untimely death of baby-oil heiress Casey Johnson, Kelly points out that Johnson's fiance, Tila Tequila, will at least be spared a...

    Finally, Some War Tax Talk

    New legislation proposed by Rep. David Obey, D-Wisc., would impose a modest, graduated surtax to help fund the war in Afghanistan. Obey offered an obvious -- and obviously compelling -- argument for the proposal: “Regardless of whether one favors...

    The Watertight Case for Taxing Everything

    I have a certain fascination with tax fads. You know what I mean -- those odd, improbable, and sometimes appealing tax ideas that capture the public imagination from time to time. But seriously: this soda tax has got to go away. It was fun for a while...

    Gas Tax for the War?

    The Washington Post has reluctantly signed on to the notion of a special war tax for Afghanistan. (It was apparently a painful decision, given the amount of ink the editors devoted to arguing against its necessity.) But the Post is not enamored of the...

    C. Lowell Harriss, R.I.P.

    C. Lowell Harriss was a prominent scholar..., especially when it came to taxation. ... Harriss was a leading figure in the field of public economics. He took special interest in issues of land taxation and local finance, but he wrote widely on a range...

    Time for a War Tax

    By the end of 2009, Congress will have spent nearly $700 billion on the Iraq war, and another $225 billion or so on the fighting in Afghanistan. As a nation, we've met these costs using the same fiscal tools that we use to pay for everything else...

    Of Death, Taxes, and Death Taxes

    A couple of weeks ago, the blogosphere saw a flurry of indignation over the notion of "death taxes." Here at tax.com, Chris Bergin chastised Rep. Sam Graves for his insistence that "death should not be a taxable event." Elsewhere,...