Taxing Progressively

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A Tax Turnabout in the Ranks of the Right

A prominent conservative in Congress has released a tax reform package that actually will not leave the rich significantly richer. Should we be grateful for small blessings — or suspicious? Or both?

The New War on Inequality: Just Rhetoric?

Those Americans struggling against poverty in the 1960s had plenty of obstacles in their way. We have more. They operated in a functioning democracy. We live, by contrast, in deeply plutocratic times.

The Year Persistence Edged Plutocracy

Exactly a hundred years ago, decades of progressive struggle finally paid off and outfitted America with a tool for braking the unlimited accumulation of grand private fortune.

Let’s Talk Taxes, Let’s Talk Trillions

America’s deepest pockets, a new report shows, are saving big bucks from the U.S. tax code’s wide assortment of income tax breaks. They’re saving even more from the absence of a wealth tax.

Hypocrites with Fat Wallets: The CEOs Who Want It All

America’s top corporate executives love lecturing the rest of us about ‘fiscal responsibility.’ They want us to expect less from government. But they expect more, and a new report shows how they’re getting it.

At Tax Time, Our Emperors Have No Clothes

Today’s conventional wisdom in Congress on taxing the rich — that tax rates on income at our economic summit have gone as high as they can sensibly go — has no real evidence to support it.

A Question for Tax Time: Why Do We Tax?

Years ago, right after World War II, America’s most famed corporate tax lawyer gave an answer that had the nation’s super rich squirming.

If This California Mansion Could Speak

. . . we would have a fascinating, first-hand history of the roller-coaster first century of federal income taxation.

Swell Times for America’s Swollen Fortunes

All those millions that CEOs and hedge fund managers have grabbed over recent decades? Our current tax code won’t let us grab them back.

The Tax Legacy of George W. Bush: It Lives!

The Bush years gave America’s rich new and unprecedented preferential treatment at tax time. The fiscal cliff deal enacted in the early moments of 2013 leaves that preferential treatment in place.