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The Myth That Estate Tax Kills Family Farms

David Cay Johnston, Al Jazeera English: Congress is voting this week on whether to repeal the estate tax. The step would be a huge boon to billionaires and others whose fortunes would forever escape taxation, creating an even larger dynastic class of inheritors who owe their riches to their skill at picking their parents. Show More Summary

Johnston: No, The Estate Tax Isn’t Destroying Family Farms

Al Jazeera, No, The Estate Tax Isn’t Destroying Family Farms, by David Cay Johnston: Congress is voting this week on whether to repeal the estate tax. The step would be a huge boon to billionaires and others whose fortunes would forever escape taxation, creating an even larger dynastic class of...

Weekly Tax Roundup

ABA Journal, Fake IRS Agents Called 366,000 Seeking Money; 3,000 Fell For Scam Since 2013, Investigator Says Al Jazeera America, Don’t be Duped by Misleading Economic Terms, by David Cay Johnston Bloomberg, Republicans Vie Over Who Can Cut Taxes Most as Deficit Shrinks Bloomberg, Tax Season Scams Persist as U.S....

Johnston: Obama and Congress Offer Bogus Rhetoric on Tax Reform

Al Jazeera: Obama and Congress Offer Bogus Rhetoric on Tax Reform: Tax Proposals Favor Political Donor Class at the Expense of Ordinary Americans, by David Cay Johnston (Syracuse): Considering all the talk in Washington about “tax reform,” you might think serious work is underway to adapt our century-old federal...

Corporate Profits Soar, Average Incomes Plummet

Al Jazeera, Economy Grows, Incomes Shrink: Americans Continue to Lose Money While Corporate Profits Soar, by David Cay Johnston (Syracuse): The first data on 2013 incomes show continuing bad news for Americans, my analysis of a new Internal Revenue Service report shows. Average income fell 2.6 percent in 2013, even...

More Commentary On President Obama's Tax Proposals In His State Of The Union Address

More commentary on President Obama's tax proposals in last night's State of the Union Address: Al Jazeera, Obama Launches Tax Ploy Against GOP, by David Cay Johnston Bloomberg, Obama's Plan to Tax College Savings Accounts Is Less Scary Than It Sounds Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, President’s Capital Gains...

The Two Davids Converge

(January 18, 2015 05:05 PM, by David Henderson) Regular readers of this blog know that I was pretty harsh on David Cay Johnston recently (here and here). But David is persistent. He posted an excellent comment on my first post. If I don't mention it here, it will... (0 COMMENTS)

How the Web Has Changed Journalism

(January 11, 2015 12:51 PM, by David Henderson) It's probably obvious to most readers just how much the web has changed journalism. But my recent debate with David Cay Johnston both on Econlog (here and here) and over at Cafe Hayek is a nice illustration. Think how the... (0 COMMENTS)

Response to David Cay Johnston

(January 8, 2015 01:32 PM, by David Henderson) David Cay Johnston has replied, in three lengthy comments (here, here, and here), to my post and other commenters' comments. I want to reply to what he said that challenges my statement that he is confusing poverty and income inequality,... (0 COMMENTS)

David Cay Johnston's Confusion

(January 7, 2015 11:34 AM, by David Henderson) "Inequality Damages Marriage" is the title of a recent article by David Cay Johnston. But his article shows no such thing. Regular readers of my posts know that I never blame an author for the title of an article run... (0 COMMENTS)

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

7 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.

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