David Cay Johnston

Time to junk income taxes?

January 6, 2012

This is America’s 100th year for individual income tax, a system as out of touch with our era as digital music is with the hand-cranked Victrola music players of 1912. It is also the 26th year of the Reagan-era reform for both personal and corporate tax, a grand design now buried under special-interest favors.

GOP inaction means higher taxes

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.

You’re paying taxes, so why aren’t energy companies?

November 8, 2011

By David Cay Johnston

The views expressed are his own.

In a competitive market, economists argue endlessly about who bears the burden of corporate income tax. Is it owners, who get a smaller net return? Or workers, who make less? Or suppliers, who get lower prices? Or customers, who pay higher prices?

A gift, from NY to Abu Dhabi

November 1, 2011

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

How does being taxed to give money to the oil-rich kingdom of Abu Dhabi and its hereditary ruler strike you?

Beyond the 1 percent

October 25, 2011

By David Cay Johnston
The author is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Orwellian tax talk

October 11, 2011

By David Cay Johnston
The author is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Ignoring tax cheats

September 27, 2011

By David Cay Johnston
The writer is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

More for the rich

September 20, 2011

By David Cay Johnston
The views expressed are his own.

President Barack Obama this week started pitching his plan to cut U. S. taxes for everyone in 2012 and then in 2013 raise income tax rates for high earners, primarily those making more than $1 million, many of whom bear a lighter burden than a cop married to a nurse.

Budget cuts that raise costs

August 30, 2011

By David Cay Johnston
The opinions expressed are his own.

The Obama administration’s support for killing off the U.S. Statistical Abstract underscores what’s wrong with Washington’s approach to cutting the budget. This nearly thousand-page compendium of official data is in its 130th and evidently last edition since 1878. It is published online and in print.

Wiping out Wisconsin taxes

August 26, 2011

By David Cay Johnston
The author is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.