Busting Tax Myths

The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) member papers are doing what they do best: providing an antidote to the myths that the mainstream media, local television news and politicians perpetuate about tax policy. An AAN-commissioned 3,000-word piece by David Cay Johnston on tax myths and the politics behind them.

Johnston is perhaps best known as the longtime tax reporter for The New York Times, where he won a Pultizer in 2001 (he left the paper in 2008). He is also the author of Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill) and Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich — and Cheat Everybody Else.

Johnston’s piece is broken down into nine sections that bust common myths about taxes in America. From “Poor Americans do pay taxes” to “Other countries do it better,” he pokes holes in supply-side economics and the politicians who have fostered its growth over the past few decades.

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