David Cay Johnston

A tale of two healthcare plans

By David Cay Johnston
September 11, 2012

No issue affecting taxes so clearly divides the two parties in the U.S. election as healthcare. The two parties, in their platforms, describe very different approaches to healthcare economics. Both use political plastic surgery to cover up ugly truths.

Romney and Ryan’s dangerous tax roadmap

By David Cay Johnston
September 7, 2012

Together Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have put human faces on how the super-rich game the tax system to pay less, pay later and sometimes not pay at all. Both want to expand tax favors for the already rich, like themselves.

The fortunate 400

By David Cay Johnston
June 6, 2012

Six American families paid no federal income taxes in 2009 while making something on the order of $200 million each. This is one of many stunning revelations in new IRS data that deserves a thorough airing in this year’s election campaign.

Obama’s hamburger problem

By David Cay Johnston
March 8, 2012

If President Barack Obama can persuade Congress to reduce the corporate income tax rate to 28 percent from 35 percent, he will move tax rates closer to what other modern countries charge.

How Romney would tax us

By David Cay Johnston
February 7, 2012

With so much attention placed on Mitt Romney’s verbal blunders, much less has been given to his written plans for the economy and taxes.

Newt and the NEWT Act

By David Cay Johnston
February 3, 2012

Newt Gingrich’s 2010 income tax return inspired a quick response from U.S. congressman Pete Stark.

Romney’s gift from Congress

By David Cay Johnston
January 31, 2012

When the Romney campaign disclosed in December that the couple’s five sons had a $100 million trust fund, I suspected that, in setting up the fund, the Romneys used a tax strategy that allows some very rich people to avoid paying gift taxes. But it was impossible to know if this was the case without seeing their tax returns going back years.

The burden of Romney’s tax returns

By David Cay Johnston
January 20, 2012

A tax return says a lot about a man, especially one aspiring to be president.

If Mitt Romney makes good on his promise during Thursday night’s Republican candidates’ debate to release “multiple years” of his returns, it will likely stir up rather than calm the political storm unless he makes public all of his returns from 1984 through 1999. Those are the years when he built a fortune of more than $200 million while running Bain Capital Management.

GOP inaction means higher taxes

By David Cay Johnston
November 22, 2011

The author is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Thanks to Republicans who signed Grover Norquist’s pledge never to raise taxes, your taxes are automatically scheduled to go up in January — unless you are a plutocrat.