High Corporate Tax Rates Kill U.S. Competitiveness - Summer 2009 - Vol. 21, No. 2 - available PDF file

U.S. labor productivity is among the highest in the world, but we continue to lose ground to other industrialized nations as a result of punishingly high corporate tax rates, ever-increasing employee benefits costs, the expense of defending lawsuits and other costs.

Gas Pains - Spring 2009-Vol. 21, No.1 - available PDF file

In their efforts to conserve energy and money, Americans are driving less and buying fuel-efficient cars. Lower consumption means less federal gasoline taxes paid, resulting in a deficit in federal funding for highway infrastructure. The Fed’s solution? Raise fuel taxes to make up the shortfall! It’s a Catch-22.

I Paid My Income Tax Today - Fall 2007-Vol.19, No.2 - available PDF file

After six years of decline, The Internal Revenue Service is once again beefing up its staff to increase tax payment compliance. Does this mean you, the taxpayer, are more likely to be targeted for a personal tax return audit? Read this article and assess your odds.

If You Like What You’re Spending on Health Care...You’ll Love What You Pay in Taxes - Winter 2007 Vol. 19, No. 1 - available PDF file

The cost of health care is high but pales in comparison to taxes. While health care costs seem to command the most attention, it is the tax burden that is the most painful. The average American pays almost twice as much for taxes as for health care. While there is no escaping the federal tax burden, state and local taxes can vary considerably. It takes Americans (on average) 116 days to pay for taxes; health care costs require only 52. Either way, Americans are working one third of the year just to pay for both of them.

Free at Last, Free at Last: Tax Freedom Day at 37 Year Low - Fall 2004 - Vol.15, No. 4 - available PDF file

We all worked for the federal, state, and local government from January 1 through April 11, 2004. According to the Tax Foundation, the average American’s income over the first 100 days of 2004 went to pay federal, state, and local taxes. What’s more, this is the earliest Tax Freedom Day since the 70s, but it won’t last long.

Only the “Rich-Folks” Pay Taxes - Winter 2004-Vol. 14, No. 1 - available PDF file

Ever wonder who pays the most taxes? New data from the Internal Revenue Service shows that the top half of wage earners are paying most of the federal income taxes in the United States. This analysis identifies what percent of the tax burden the top 1%, 5%, 10% and 50% of wage earners pays.

Wake Up and Pay Your Taxes - Winter 1999-Vol. 9, No. 3 - available PDF file

All 50 states can authorize state or local government to impose taxes on accommodations with proceeds going to benefit tourism promotion, sports facilities and convention centers.

Not All Taxes are Created Equal - Fall 1998-Vol. 9, No. 2 - available PDF file

An overview of data from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) on the use of local option sales taxes to raise money. Presented is a state-by-state comparison of whether local option taxes are permitted.

Engineering Tax Out of the Building - Spring 1998-Vol.9, No.1 - available PDF file

Few corporate real estate executives factor tax engineering into the real estate process; therefore, personal property is frequently misclassified as real property, which needlessly increases income, property, sales, and transfer taxes. The amount of overstatement is estimated for several different building types.

Location Determines Liability - Fall 1997-Vol.8, No.2 - available PDF file

State-by-state comparison of unemployment tax rates.

Accelerate that Depreciation - Spring 1997-Vol.8, No.1 - available PDF file

Rules-of-thumb for calculating the savings in income taxes that may accrue from reclassifying certain assets from real property to personal property

Corporate Income Tax Overstated - Fall 1996-Vol.7, No. 3 - request reprint

Among taxes paid by U.S. businesses (1994), payroll and property taxes are more costly than the infamous corporate income tax, which ranked third. This article presents a comparison of corporate tax payments by type

I Want My FTZ - Summer 1996-Vol.7, No.3 - request reprint

An overview of the benefits of operating in a Foreign Trade Zone, with illustration of the cash flow savings a corporation might achieve based on various duty rates, inventory values and inventory turns.

U.S. Taxes: The Other Man’s Grass Is Rarely Greener - Fall 1994-Vol.6, No. 1 - request reprint

Americans pay high taxes; however, when total tax income (federal, state and local) is measured as a percent of GDP, the U.S. ranks third lowest among 24 OCED (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries. Data are presented for each country.

Sinking Taxes in Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region? - Fall 1994-Vol.6, No. 1 - request reprint

Although the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions are notorious for oppressive taxes, the region is ready for tax reform and the politicians are out to solve this economic ordeal.