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You Can't Get There From Here

The Economic View in Sunday's New York Times by Harvard economics professor N. Gregory Mankiw ( Capital Gains, Ordinary Income and Shades of Gray ) defending special tax rates for carried interest brought to mind the old joke about a tourist asking a Maine farmer for directions to Augusta... The...

A Time Bomb of a Tax Code

There's a lot of serious news out there - tragedy, health care, a nuclear Iran. It seems the news of the day roars at us. But if you turn down the sound, you can hear it: tick, tick, tick. What is it, you say? It's the federal tax system, and it's set to explode. And if it does, there...

Apple Sidesteps Taxes – What’s Wrong With That?

A front-page article in Sunday's New York Times (" How Apple Sidesteps Billions in Taxes ") is getting quite the buzz. A couple of things about the article. While the Times piece recognizes that there is nothing illegal about the techniques that Apple uses to minimize its taxes, it insinuates...

Taxing the Rich, and Missing the Point

The hot tax news is that President Obama has proposed extending the so-called Bush tax cuts but only for the middle class, not for the people the President thinks are rich. (If he gets what he wants can we start calling them the Obama tax cuts?) Apparently, the President thinks that families making ...