Taxes
  • U.S. President Trump departs for travel to Louisiana from the White House in Washington

    Trump’s ‘Four Pinocchio’ Tax Claim

    President Trump routinely lies or makes exaggerated, unsupported and misleading claims. The Washington Post’s most recent tally of such statements topped more than 15,400 over Trump’s first 1,055...

  • 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign event in West Branch, Iowa

    How the GOP Will Attack Bernie Sanders' Wealth Tax

    By Michael Rainey

    We highlighted yesterday a defense of wealth taxes from Gabriel Zucman, a liberal economist who has advised both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on their tax proposals. On Friday, a pair of...

  • The U.S. Capitol Building is shown at sunset in Washington

    Is a Wealth Tax a ‘Very American Idea’?

    By Michael Rainey

    The wealth tax proposed by Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders has broad support among the American public. A Hill-HarrisX survey last year found that 74% of...

  • A security camera hangs near a corner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington

    Why the IRS Is Struggling to Do Its Job

    By Michael Rainey

    The IRS doesn’t have enough funding or personnel to do its job properly, according to the 2019 annual report from the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the Internal...

  • IRS, activist lawyers to clash in court over tax preparer rules

    Good News for Tax Cheats: IRS Audit Rate Drops to Lowest in More Than 40 Years

    By Michael Rainey

    The annual IRS report we told you about yesterday revealed that the agency audited just 0.45% of individual tax returns in 2019. That marks the eighth year in a row the audit rate has dropped, says...

  • Nonprofit work

    Bad News for Charity on Giving Tuesday

    By Michael Rainey

    “Despite Giving Tuesday and despite all the charitable appeals that almost certainly landed in inboxes, charitable donations by individuals declined by slightly more than 1 percent in 2018, according...

  • Only One Demographic Group Opposes Warren’s Wealth Tax

    The idea of a wealth tax like the one proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren is popular with a broad swath of voters, Ben Casselman and Jim Tankersley of The New York Times report . A new nationwide poll...

  • A homeless woman sits on a bench few blocks away from the White House in downtown Washington

    Chart of the Day: Record Low Poverty Rate

    By Michael Rainey

    The extensive array of government assistance programs — including Social Security, unemployment insurance, veterans’ benefits, nutritional aid, rental assistance and the Earned Income Tax Credit —...

  • Public Investment Is the Key to Avoiding Economic Stagnation: Report

    By Michael Rainey

    Economic stagnation on a global scale is a growing threat, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The group’s November economic outlook...

  • FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks during the fourth U.S. Democratic presidential candidates 2020 election debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio U.S.

    Pushing Back Against the Wealth Tax at the Dem Debate

    By Michael Rainey

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren defended her proposed wealth tax at the Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night: “I’m tired of freeloading billionaires,” Warren said . “I think it's time that we ask...