Posts filed under “Taxes and Policy”

Do Federal Taxes Reduce Income Inequality?

These Legos make depressingly clear just how much money the top 1 percent has


Source: Vox

Category: Taxes and Policy, Video, Wages & Income

State Individual Income Tax Brackets

Source: Flowing Data

Category: Taxes and Policy

Investor Friendly Tax Policy Both Parties Can Like

It’s tax day. Perhaps like millions of your fellow Americans, you waited to the last minute to file and will be trudging off to the post office or filing electronically later today. I’m not going to lecture about your procrastination. However, I am going to ask you two somewhat tax-related questions: 1. How much have…Read More

Category: 401(k), Investing, Taxes and Policy

John Oliver: The IRS

Nobody likes the IRS. But recent budget and staff cuts have made it increasingly difficult for the department to do its very important job. Don’t take our word for it. Ask Michael Bolton.


Source: HBO

Category: Humor, Taxes and Policy, Video

2015’s Tax Day By The Numbers

Source: Wallet Hub

Category: Digital Media, Taxes and Policy

Ripping Off Uncle Sam

Source: Bloomberg

Category: Digital Media, Legal, Taxes and Policy

Will Détente with Iran Create a Peace Dividend?

The possibility of a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear capabilities and end the international trade sanctions against the country raise a fascinating question: Will there be a peace dividend? A look at history may provide some insight. Based on what we have seen in the past, it is possible that an agreement would have a…Read More

Category: Economy, Taxes and Policy, War/Defense

Category: Taxes and Policy, Think Tank, Wages & Income

Gay Discrimination Is A Billion Dollar Self-Indulgence

By now, you have surely heard about Indiana’s so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act and its potential for giving cover to those who discriminate against gay people. A backlash that had already been gathering momentum burst open this weekend, driven by an op-ed by Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook in the Washington Post. As Cook wrote:…Read More

Category: Legal, Politics, Really, really bad calls, Taxes and Policy

Interest Rates Aren’t Going Anywhere . . .

Source: BAML, Fiscal Times     I have been fairly agnostic on several issues related to where interest rates are heading. It has never been my job to forecast where the 10-year yield will be in six months. Not predicting and not caring are two very different things, however. Rates matter a great deal — to investors, to the economy…Read More

Category: Credit, Federal Reserve, Fixed Income/Interest Rates, Psychology, Really, really bad calls, Taxes and Policy