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On taxes, ocasio-cortez has the right impulse but the wrong remedy

CNN - In a bit of good news for those who want more (or at least some) substance in their politics, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, is attracting attention for her proposal to raise income tax rates on upper-income earners…



In trump and Kushner’s World, Other People Pay Taxes

CNN - The never-sleeping folk at the not-yet-failed New York Times on the Trump tax beat are at it again, this time with a lengthy expose on how Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law, likely paid no taxes from 2009 until 2016, at least.

Donald Trump in 1985.  Neal Boenzi/The New York Times

Donald Trump in 1985. Neal Boenzi/The New York Times


Now We knoW: Taxpayers Helped Enable Trump’s Fortune

CNN - The New York Times published on Tuesday a spectacular bit of reporting, stretching out to nearly 15,000 words, on how Fred Trump, the President's late father, used aggressive tax avoidance schemes to get vast sums of wealth to his children…



The Tax Bill’s Loopholes for the Wealthy Benefit Trump, Corker

CNN - When Senator Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, a longtime “deficit hawk,“ or so-called fiscal conservative, voted against the Senate version of the Republican tax plan, it seemed as if principle might prevail…



Don’t Get Fooled Again! A Message on Tax Reform

HUFFPOST - Republicans are at it again. They are rallying around a massive tax cut for the rich, and they are using the usual tricks to try and sell it to the American people. Now they are flirting with adding the repeal of the…



Where is door No. 2 on Tax Reform?

HUFFPOST - As Republicans on Capitol Hill move back and forth among plans pushed by the House and Senate — and ideas tweeted out by the President — al roads are heading to the same place…



Trump’s Tax Plan: Trick’s for All, Treats for a Few

CNN - Republicans continue to act like indifferent teenagers who stayed up too late gathering candy on Halloween. Much like with their as-yet-unsuccessful Obamacare repeal and replace efforts…



Tax Breaks for Multi-Millionaire Morons

HUFFPOST - There are plenty of losers in the tax reform plan being pushed by President Trump and his Republican compatriots. But one clear winner are the really, really rich. Nothing illustrates the wealthy’s…



Lobby-Less Losers: The Familiar Pattern of Tax Reform

HUFFPOST- When President Trump and Republicans in Congress released their “Unified Framework” for tax reform, it was clear from the very sketchy outline that there would be losers. This is nothing new these days…


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An internationally recognized expert in tax law, Professor Edward McCaffery studies tax policy, tax structures, public finance theory including behavioral public finance, as well, as property law and tax theory, intellectual property, and law and economics. He teaches Federal Income Taxation, Property, Intellectual Property, and Tax Law and Policy and the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. He founded the People’s Tax Page in an effort to reach a wider audience and explain basic concepts of tax and public finance to the people.