David Cay Johnston, American Prospect

David Cay Johnston

American Prospect

Rochester, NY, United States

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Past articles by David Cay:

Tax Evasion Exposed

Senator Carl Levin was the Senate's exemplary investigator of corporate tax scams. → Read More

Demonizing the IRS to Protect Tax Evaders

Weakening tax enforcement combined with new complexity invites evasion and massive illicit tax savings for the rich. → Read More

David Cay Johnston: How to Pay Taxes (NOT!) Like Donald Trump

Nov. 8, 2017 – Imagine if you, like President-elect Donald Trump, didn’t have to pay a nickel to support the government he’s now preparing to lead. Trump, who has refused (unlike every other presidential candidate in recent history) to release his tax returns, made his last known payment to the IRS in 1977. In fact, thanks to a tax trick quietly deployed by a bunch of rich Americans a… → Read More

DCREPORT EXCLUSIVE: Trump Earned $153 Million in 2005; He Paid $36.6 Million in Taxes

March 14, 2017 – In 2005, Donald J. Trump married model Melanija Knavs, his third wife. That year, the real-estate mogul and newly minted TV star earned $153 million dollars, about $3 million a week. That’s far more than all but a tiny sliver of the U.S. population. The newlyweds paid $36.6 million of that year’s take in federal income taxes, a rate of 24%, putting the Trumps in much the same… → Read More

How to pay taxes (NOT!) like Donald Trump

Some tips for Americans who would like to follow the president-elect’s example. → Read More

How to (NOT!) Pay Taxes Like Our Next President

Some tax tips for Americans who would like to follow Donald Trump's example. → Read More

Beating Tax Inversions and Congressional Gridlock

Investigative reporter David Cay Johnston on how legislation can work without even passing. → Read More

Obama's liberal Republican budget: Column

Finally, a spending blueprint that hints at the hope and change promised. → Read More

OPINION: No, the estate tax isn’t destroying family farms

The latest pitch for an estate-tax repeal repeats a long-discredited lie → Read More

Economy grows, incomes shrink

Americans continue to lose money while corporate profits soar → Read More

Cheap oil is a costly holiday present

Falling prices at the pump belie a larger, later bill → Read More

A ray of sunlight on secretive corporate welfare

Tell the Government Accounting Standards Board you want full disclosure on tax subsidies for corporations → Read More

Amid job stagnation, a prosperous class grows

A small group of very well-paid workers is earning a third of the nation’s wages. Why? → Read More

Federal regulators let utilities gouge customers

Despite obscene profits from monopoly power, government officials ignore evidence and squash challenges → Read More

‘Obama and Holder are not our friends’

Lowell Bergman argues that journalism is under attack from government and corporate power. He’s right → Read More

Higher taxes do not kill jobs

County-level BLS data tell the true story about job growth → Read More

US electricity markets are anti-consumer

Congress and government regulators need to step in → Read More

Why Can’t We Simplify Our Tax System? It Turns Out, We Can.

It turns out, we can and California has a system worth emulating. → Read More

Americans fared better after Great Depression than today

Six years after Great Recession, majority of Americans stagnating → Read More

The wages of low pay

By refusing to raise minimum wage, we exact a terrible toll on low-income workers and their children → Read More