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Good Afternoon, Vietnam: A Revolutionary Small Business Impetus and I Learned About It on Skype (Part 2)

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.01.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

As exciting as the social enterprises presented were, the most interesting and perspective-changing lesson for me was the Vietnamese flat tax.

Most Americans Have No Clue How Their Tax Dollars Are Spent (And Don't Care)

Casey Bond | Posted 03.26.2014 | Money
Casey Bond

Using information released by the White House and the per capita personal income of $42,693 (according to Bureau of Business and Economic Research), GOBankingRates calculated how the average American's 2013 federal income tax bill breaks down.

Kate Sheppard

Senate Dems Introduce Longshot Bills To Tackle Keystone Pipeline Problems

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced two bills on Thursday related to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The first would require any oil...

Economic Inequality: When Is Enough Enough?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While economic disparities plague all of the nations across the planet, nowhere are these disparities more extreme than in the United States, and so I ask, when is enough enough?

An Open Letter to the One Percent

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

You worked hard for that money. No one can deny that. You have been rewarded for your talent, your intelligence, your risk-taking, your creativity, and your good fortune. The notion that you should change a system that has worked so well must seem downright stupid.

Obama Needs to Be in the Ring

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

While we know a goal for Republicans is to take over the Senate in the 2014 elections, and a goal for Democrats is to take back the House of Representatives, the president can rise above that for the next four months as we approach the next deadlines.

Bullish on France

Charles Kolb | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Charles Kolb

Last year while visiting Le Havre, I talked with a young waiter working two jobs to save enough money to go to school to specialize in international law. I asked him how much money he needed, and when he told me 4,000 euros, I almost laughed.

The Curious CNBC / MSNBC Irony

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 11.10.2013 | Business
Leslie K. Stein

The CNBC analysts should turn down the rhetoric and hype and listen to the analysts on sister station, MSNBC. They might learn something. I am also happy to clarify for them.

A Summer Job vs. A Living Wage

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
Leslie K. Stein

Just as Social Security was to supplement one's retirement -- not be the total retirement plan -- minimum wage jobs were not intended to be long-term careers.

50 Years Of Secrecy, Courtesy of Max Baucus

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Senator Max Baucus has decreed a minimum 50 years of secrecy for negotiations over revamping the federal tax code. It's not the information itself that must remain under lock and key, but which senator is supporting what massive corporate giveaway -- that's what has to remain secret.

CHART: Why CEO Pay Exploded Over The Last 20 Years

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 07.23.2013 | Business

An attempt nearly two decades ago to limit executive pay instead encouraged it to skyrocket, according to a new report by the Roosevelt Institute, a p...

IRS Benefits the Wealthy and Penalizes the Middle Class

Grant Cardone | Posted 09.11.2013 | Small Business
Grant Cardone

The current complicated tax code benefits only the wealthy and creates an unfair advantage that penalizes the middle class. The IRS currently gives th...

The Tax Code Flunks a Carbon Audit

William S. Becker | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

Policy geeks - I use that term with love -- have been waiting patiently for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to reveal how the U.S. tax code inf...

Obama Could Unveil Climate Strategy with Clean Air Act Tie Soon

Tim Profeta | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green
Tim Profeta

Potential regulatory tools under the Clean Air Act--beyond the greenhouse gas rules--could accelerate development and deployment of potentially game-changing clean air and energy technologies to reduce emissions in the nation's key industrial sectors.

Paul Krugman Surrenders To Washington

Bloomberg View | Francis Wilkinson | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business

BLOOMBERG VIEW Paul Krugman's column last week was depressing. I don't mean depressing in the way some people find Krugman depressing -- "there goe...

It's Time to Stop Talking About Tax Reform

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

Enough already: it's time to stop talking about tax reform. Not about necessary and useful changes to the tax code - by all means, let's talk about th...

The IRS: It's Bad Enough

Christopher Bergin | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Christopher Bergin

The IRS is seriously and dangerously broken. This is not only unfair to the many dedicated public servants at the IRS; it's unfair to all of us. Get to the truth. Arbitrarily punishing the IRS isn't going to help any more than blindly defending the agency.

Scandal Could Boost Case For Big Reform

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative political groups has little if anything to do with most everyday taxpayers, but...

Apple's Tax Avoidance: 'Not Illegal' Does Not Mean Moral, Right or Acceptable

Brian Levin | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Our government is not always going to protect us from everything that may be harmful or close loopholes to make our tax system more equitable and fair. That is just the way our system works. But, that is where all of us come in

Lawmakers Launch Website To Boost Public Support

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

* Congressional tax writers unveil tax reform website * Senate panel eyes international tax options in meeting * New tax...

Dilemma -- the Earned Income Tax Credit

Christopher Bergin | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Christopher Bergin

Immediately, some began to assert that Baucus' announcement meant the end of tax reform. Pardon me if I differ, but if anything, it probably helps the tax reform effort a bit by concentrating Baucus more on it.

Report Reveals Staggering Cost Of Corporate Tax Breaks

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2013 | Business

* GAO says corporate tax break costs jumps * April 15 deadline for lobbyists to submit comments on revamp * Corporate i...

When Tax Avoidance Crosses the Line

Christopher Bergin | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Christopher Bergin

With the economy showing signs of recovery, it's high time that our federal lawmakers move beyond these self-induced crises and begin to talk about tax reform that can help taxpayers move forward with a clear understanding of how the tax code works and how much they owe.

Filing Your 2012 Taxes? You Aren't Alone

Kristie Arslan | Posted 05.09.2013 | Small Business
Kristie Arslan

Tax season can be a stressful time for anyone, but it is extremely painstaking for the small business community who must navigate through a complex, ever changing tax code.

Jack Lew: Lowering Corporate Tax Rate A 'Challenge'

Reuters | Posted 04.15.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Jack Lew, Obama's Treasury secretary nominee, said on Wednesday that it would be challenging to lower the corporate t...