Taxes

The Limit of Tax Revenues

The Greeks have always been trendsetters for the West. Washington has repudiated two centuries of U.S. fiscal prudence as prescribed by the Founding Fathers in favor of the modern Greek model of debt,…

Is a VAT the Answer?

All over the developed world, countries are facing an extremely unpleasant budgetary reality: Per capita health care spending is growing at twice the rate of growth of per capita income.

The Likely Effect of the Federal Budget Deficit

Many people are worried about the United States' federal budget deficit and accumulating debt burden. In 2009 the federal budget deficit reached a record $1.4 trillion, and public debt (U.S. Treasury…

Should Carried Interest Be Taxed as Ordinary Income?

Investment firms include private equity funds (which raise capital to invest in start-ups or existing businesses) and hedge funds (investment funds that specialize in certain investments such as debt…

The Myth of Financial Reregulation

The regulatory reform bill currently before Congress will supposedly impose financial reregulation, reversing the alleged deregulation of the past 30 years.  What deregulation?  Can anyone point to th…

Should You Convert to a Roth IRA?

Millions of Americans are saving for retirement in 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). These accounts allow people to invest pretax dollars, but require them to pay taxes on their depos…

TARP: A Loan Not a Gift

In October 2008 Congress passed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. The act created a $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) aimed at preventing a meltdown of the banking syst…

What about Those Deficits?

Each year, foreign governments and investors increase their holdings of U.S. debt. In effect, they are lending the United States money to finance its excess of imports over exports. However, continued…