David Cay Johnston

Abusing a tax loophole meant to aid the poor

By David Cay Johnston
April 26, 2012

Each year the Internal Revenue Service receives tax returns that show more income than was actually earned, in some cases twice the actual earnings.

Taxed by the boss

By David Cay Johnston
April 12, 2012

Across the¬†United States more than 2,700 companies are collecting state income taxes from hundreds of thousands of workers – and are keeping the money with the states’ approval, says an eye-opening report published on Thursday.

Eliminating 100 million tax returns

By David Cay Johnston
April 9, 2012

On March 28, the U.S. Justice Department sought to close a nationwide chain of income tax preparation shops it accuses of fraud. The action underscores the potential for abusive business practices that taxpayers face because Congress has failed to embrace technology that would eliminate most tax returns.