For most of us, filing a tax return is a fairly private affair, just between us and our friends at the IRS. But for President Obama and his family, it’s a high-profile event. Last week the White House posted the Obamas’ return online, and it reveals a lot about how the tax laws apply at […]

Born To Run

Lots of states get a bad rap. California is too flaky. New Yorkers are too unfriendly. North Dakota is too cold. (Wait a minute . . . you mean we’ve got two Dakotas?) But there’s one state that may get the worst rap of all, and that’s New Jersey. Too many Americans hear the name […]

Where Are All the Americans?

Last Sunday, the International Consortium for Investigative Journalism stunned the world with their release of findings from 11.5 million files leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. The “Panama Papers” blow the lid off the firm’s creation of over 214,000 companies, mostly in the British Virgin Islands and similar “sunny places for shady people” […]

Start Warming Up Your Texting Thumbs

If you’re not already one of the millions of Americans with a smartphone glued to your hands, this story may make you reconsider . . . . Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has fired up the progressive left with his long-shot White House run. Sanders describes himself as a “democratic socialist,” and asks Americans, “What’s wrong […]

The Great Eskimo Tax Scam

Spring is here, at least according to the calendar, and you probably aren’t thinking much about Eskimos as April 15 approaches. But here’s a fun story from the Wayback Machine to remind you it’s never the wrong time to pay attention to taxes. Back in 1971, President Nixon signed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. […]

A Little Tax Magic

You already know that our Congress is as gridlocked as at any time in recent history. Budget and spending bills get rolled up into year-end monstrosities. Urgent priorities like immigration reform get hijacked by partisan posturing and “appeals to the base.” The wizard Merlin himself would have a hard time pulling a sword from the […]

The Humor Endures

The passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan last week at age 94 marks a bit of an end to the 1980s. Nancy earned both praise and criticism for restoring what she saw as some much-needed Kennedy-esque pomp and circumstance to the White House. Later, she earned praise for her work against drug use and, […]

We Don’t Really Like You

The actress Sally Field has appeared in dozens of television and movie roles since first appearing as “Gidget.” But she’s perhaps best known for a 45-second acceptance speech at the 57th Academy Awards, when she accepted the Oscar for Best Actress and told the audience “you like me . . . you really like me!” […]

Taxes Without Zaxes

March 2 marks the birthday of Theodore Geisel — better known to millions of children and former children as Doctor Seuss. That’s reason enough to celebrate. But the beloved author’s birthday is especially noteworthy this year. Archivists working at the Geisel Library have discovered an early draft of the author’s most famous classic — and […]

Men, Boys, Price, Toys

How much is a classic bright-red Ferrari worth? Well, if it’s the 1957 335 S Spider Scaglietti that the French Bardinon family auctioned earlier this month, the answer is €32 million, or around $35.8 million. But if there isn’t a convenient auction to establish how much someone will pay for something, and you need to […]