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WSJ Editorial: ‘Carried Interest’ Is Not a Capital Gain

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Interesting piece by John Steel Gordon in today’s WSJ: One of the artifacts of the tax code is that it treats “carried interest”—a share of the profits reaped by managers of an investment fund—as a capital gain. To most of us, this is a matter of little or no practical importance—but it is a big […]

Question of the Day: School Security

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

One of the local TV Stations posted this question on their facebook page this morning: Six This Morning Wants To Know : Would You Be Willing To Pay More In Taxes For Additional Security In Public Schools? The facebook question linked to this article from the Houston Chronicle. The article doesn’t mention anything about the […]

13 Tax Increases in 2013

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

From 13 Tax Increases in 2013: (Click on the link above for explanations for each of these) 1. Payroll tax 2. Top marginal tax rate 3. Phase out of personal exemptions for adjusted gross income (AGI) over $300,000 ($250,000 for single filers) 4. Phase down of itemized deductions for AGI over $300,000 ($250,000 for single […]

Should the Capital Gains Tax Rate Remain Low?

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Interesting piece from IBD: Six Reasons to Keep Capital Gains Tax Rates Low Two interesting points that I hadn’t really thought about: Inflation. If an individual buys a stock for $10 and sells it years later for $12, much of the $2 in capital gain may be inflation, not a real return. Inflation — and […]

France’s Lesson in Consequences…

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

“While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of those actions. Consequences are governed by natural law.” – Stephen Covey in “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” France raises taxes on the wealthy. The wealthy leave France to escape the higher taxes. France’s Prime Minister, Jean-Marc […]

Check Out This NY Times Graphic on Tax Burden

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Here it is (click on the graphic to see it as part of a much larger graphic): Source: NY Times I have a couple of questions regarding the payroll taxes portion of the graphic: • At the lower incomes, why are the numbers different? If the tax is the same percentage up to income cap, […]

Geoff Colvin and Allan Sloan’s Vague Plan to Fix the Economy

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

I just spent the last few minutes reading Geoff Colvin and Allan Sloan’s piece in the latest issue of Fortune (sorry, no link available yet). The article started out promising in that it made it sound as though they actually had a solution for the economy. Instead, I was disappointed because there is no solution, […]

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