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The Question With No Answer

Posted by taxguru on October 5, 2014

Interesting debate between Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle on the question that nobody can agree on.


What is a Reasonable Tax?



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Here we go again – Tax Reform

Posted by taxguru on March 2, 2014

Excuse me for not getting too excited about the latest tax reform proposal that does seem to be receiving a lot of attention.  While it has some good points, the real world will cause it to end up pretty much like the dozens of other reforms over the past decades.  It’s pretty far fetched to expect much positive change in the tax code from a Senate that is controlled by DemonRats and a signature from a communist acting pResident.

This comic that Sherry found is similar to my infamous poster of how tax legislation works.   


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Dave Camp: How to Fix Our Appalling Tax Code –  WSJ 


Why it’s nearly impossible to pass tax reform – JWR (Dana Milbank)


House Republicans unveil tax reform plan — does it stand a chance?  –  FoxNews 


Why tax reform is needed, and why it is doomed – JWR (David Shribman)


Camp tax plan gives Boehner, and Washington, the blahs – Wash. Post


Reining In the IRS – National Review


Camp Unveils Tax Reform Package to Mixed Reaction – CCH


Hurray for GOP Tax Plan – JWR (Froma Harrop)


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Posted by taxguru on February 7, 2012

Tax reform in this election year: It’s not likely –  As always, this means there will be no shortage of work for the professional tax advisor community.  The higher taxes are, the more people need the assistance of tax pros to help them hold onto their money.


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Looking at our tax mess…

Posted by taxguru on November 28, 2011

I’m not endorsing Herman Cain or his 999 plan, but this video he put out has a good look at the deplorable state of our current tax system.  As always, identifying the problem is easy.  It’s just impossible for everyone to agree on a solution.



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Top Ten Details of Rick Perry’s Tax Plan

Posted by taxguru on October 26, 2011

From Dave Letterman’s Late Show:

10. 50% tax increase for all guys named “Mitt”

9. Hunting camps with offensive names are tax exempt

8. It’s covered in rib sauce

7. Lets people choose regular tax, flat tax or “El tax muy caliente!”

6. It’s called the 9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9 plan

5. The obese pay an additional 3% per chin

4. Free dance lessons (video of Rick Perry dancing with Orthodox Jews)

3. (Not sure. Honestly, when this guy speaks I have no idea what the hell he’s talking about)

2. All tax refunds now go directly to the Chinese

1. Punishment for filing late? Lethal injection


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25 Years Ago…

Posted by taxguru on October 25, 2011

I was taking a tax update webinar this morning and the instructor, Annette Nellen, had this picture of the signing ceremony from the monumental 1986 Tax reform Act, which made several major changes to the tax code.

From Blog Pix


Here are some interesting recent articles about that law:

By Annette Nellen:
25th Anniversary of the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Is the 25th anniversary a time to celebrate it or wonder what happened to it? 

By Martin Feldstein:
The Tax Reform Evidence From 1986 Experience implies that the combination of base broadening and rate reduction would raise revenue equal to about 4% of existing tax revenue.



I couldn’t resist the temptation to show what was really going through their minds at that signing ceremony.  Click on the image for a larger version.

From Blog Pix

TaxCoach Software: Finally! Plain-English Tax Planning That Builds Your Business!


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How Tax Reform Works…

Posted by taxguru on July 23, 2010

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Posted by taxguru on April 10, 2009

We Still Need a Simpler Tax Code – The forever elusive and unattainable Holy Grail.

Great symbolic illustration:

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Posted by taxguru on April 3, 2009

Time For A Tax Reform – For obvious reasons, we will be seeing plenty of these kinds of articles over the next few weeks.  In this one, Bruce Bartlett is calling for a massive overhaul of the tax code, similar to the one done in 1986.


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