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How to make America more like Disneyland

David Cay Johnston takes a trip to Disneyland some 60 years after his first visit. It looks better than ever, even as America has declined. Every night Disneyland gets freshened up. When the park closes at midnight, the lights go up, and crews steam gum off the sidewalks, daub fresh paint where needed, water the […]

Johnston: How Google and Apple Make Their Taxes Disappear

Newsweek: How Google and Apple Make Their Taxes Disappear, by David Cay Johnston (Syracuse): Around the world, countries are desperately seeking ways to stop multinational companies from earning profits within their borders without paying taxes on them, while stashing trillions in tax havens like the Cayman Islands. The British government,...

Johnston: Real World (California, Kansas) Contradicts Right-Wing Tax Theories

Al Jazeera: Real World Contradicts Right-Wing Tax Theories: California Raised Taxes, Kansas Cut Them. California Did Better, by David Cay Johnston (Syracuse): Ever since economist Arthur Laffer drew his namesake curve on a napkin for two officials in President Richard Nixon’s administration four decades ago, we have been told that...

Top Incomes Soared as Tax Rates Fell

Al Jazeera: Top Incomes Soared as Tax Rates Fell, by David Cay Johnston (Syracuse): For those at the very top 2010 will be remembered as a very good year. While most Americans struggled to recover from the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, top incomes soared while tax burdens...

USC Book Panel Discussion on Kleinbard's We Are Better Than This

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage: Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) Reviews Kleinbard's We Are Better Than This (Oct. 27, 2014) David Cay Johnston Reviews Kleinbard's We Are Better Than This (Sept. 24, 2014) L.A. Times Reviews Kleinbard's We Are Better Than This (Oct. 19, 2014) To purchase the book on amazon, go here.

Johnston: A Ray of Sunlight on Secretive Corporate Welfare

Al Jazeera: A Ray of Sunlight on Secretive Corporate Welfare, by David Cay Johnston (Syracuse): Each year billions of your state and local tax dollars get diverted from public coffers for corporate subsidies. Just how much you are forced to pay for corporate welfare could soon move from the darkness...

Johnston Reviews Kleinbard's We Are Better Than This

David Cay Johnston (Syracuse), Book Review: Edward D. Kleinbard, We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money (Oxford University Press, 2014), 144 Tax Notes 1465 (Sept. 22, 2014): We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money (Oxford University Press, 2014) by Edward D. Kleinbard...

Simon & Schuster should come clean about discredited Monroe/DiMaggio book

On Christmas Eve 1983, David Cay Johnston exposed C. David Heymann's Barbara Hutton biography as a fraud on A1 of the Los Angeles Times. Johnston reported that Poor Little Rich Girl contained numerous fabricated sources and pointed to facts that were either invented or so false that they raised grave additional questions about Heymann's credibility. Show More Summary

Truthdigger of the Week: David Cay Johnston

Truthdigger of the Week: David Cay Johnston: Every week the Truthdig editorial staff selects a Truthdigger of the Week, a group or person worthy of recognition for speaking truth to power, breaking the story or blowing the whistle. It is not a lifetime achievement award. Rather, we’re looking for newsmakers...

Truthdigger of the Week: David Cay Johnston

3 months agoNews : Truthdig

By Alexander Reed Kelly and Peter Scheer The dogged investigative reporter uses plain language to describe the Congressionally made byzantine tax schemes that cheat ordinary Americans to benefit financial elites.

Corporate Deadbeats (Newsweek Cover)

Nice cover: Source:  Corporate Deadbeats: How Companies Get Rich Off Of Taxes, David Cay Johnston, Newsweek, September 4, 2014  

Newsweek: Corporate Deadbeats: How Companies Get Rich Off Of Taxes

Newsweek: Corporate Deadbeats: How Companies Get Rich Off Of Taxes, by David Cay Johnston (Syracuse): You and your wallet have a big stake in huge tax-dodging deals being crafted by big American companies, like Burger King merging with Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain. Burger King is looking...

Johnston: Kinder Morgan’s Evolving Tax Strategy

David Cay Johnston (Syracuse), Kinder Morgan’s Evolving Tax Strategy, 144 Tax Notes 881 (Aug. 18, 2014): Johnston looks at Kinder Morgan’s recent announcement that it would be folding two master limited partnerships into a C corporation holding company.

Johnston: Income of Highest Earners Fell From 2000 to 2012

Al Jazeera: Highest Earners Making Less, Social Security Data Show, by David Cay Johnston (Syracuse): It is getting much harder to earn big bucks in America, my new analysis of official wage data shows. The number of workers making $2 million or more per year declined almost 5 percent, from...

Afternoon Must-Read: David Cay Johnston: State’s Job Growth Defies Pessimistic Predictions After Tax Increases

David Cay Johnston: State’s Job Growth Defies Pessimistic Predictions After Tax Increases: "Dire predictions about jobs being destroyed... >...spread across California in 2012 as voters debated whether to enact the sales and, for those near the top of the income ladder, stiff income tax increases in Proposition 30. Show More Summary

Johnston: California Job Growth Defies Predictions After Tax Increases

Sacramento Bee op-ed: State’s Job Growth Defies Predictions After Tax Increases, by David Cay Johnston (Syracuse): Dire predictions about jobs being destroyed spread across California in 2012 as voters debated whether to enact the sales and, for those near the top of the income ladder, stiff income tax increases in...

'California's Job Growth Defies Predictions after Tax Increases'

This article, by David Cay Johnston, is getting a surprising number of retweets: State’s job growth defies predictions after tax increases, by David Cay Johnston, The Bee: Dire predictions about jobs being destroyed spread across California in 2012 as voters...

Johnston: Americans Have Missed Out on $6.6 Trillion of Income Since 2000 Due to Bush Tax Cuts

Al Jazeera: Americans Have Lost Out on $6.6 Trillion, by David Cay Johnston: I calculated that enormous figure by comparing the average income Americans reported on their 2000 tax returns with what they reported each year for 2001 through 2012, adjusting for inflation and the growing population. Add up the...

Breitbart-Johnston Kerfuffle Over Republican Racism in Opposition to Tax Increases

Breitbart: Journo: Opposition to Taxes and Spending Is Racist: In an appearance on the Thursday broadcast of MSNBC’s The Reid Report, [David Cay Johnston] stated that Republicans oppose higher taxes and spending because “there's all sorts of areas where a fixed ideology that has no support in the empirical data...

Journo: Opposition to Taxes and Spending Is Racist

David Cay Johnston, the board president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., blamed racism and “fixed ideology that has no support in the empirical data” for opposition to increased taxes and spending. In an appearance on the...Show More Summary

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