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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    Rangel Should Resign

    I have to agree with Chris Bergin that it's time for Rangel to go. After another round of embarrassing disclosures about his personal finances -- the most recent in a long, dispiriting string -- Rangel should bow to the inevitable and step aside....

    In Defense of the Broad Brush

    Recent efforts to curb executive pay, especially on Wall Street, are facing predictable problems. But the return of the guaranteed bonus is just one of many pitfalls. As lawmakers have discovered in the past, regulation designed to cap compensation are...

    Will Americans Foot the Bill?

    As government at every level assumes more responsibility for keeping food on the nation's collective table, we'll need higher taxes to pay the tab. If a permanently enlarged welfare state is going to protect us from social discord, then we'll...