Portrait of An Arts Tax

It’s not clear how a tax on Portlanders will keep its promises to schools.


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It used to be kids all over Portland came home from public school splattered in paint, smelling of papier-mâché paste and proudly carrying home their latest creation for the refrigerator door. A   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Advocate For Higher Taxes Benefits From Tax Break

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Jim McDermott, who heads the litigation practice at Portland's Ball Janik law firm has earned a reputation as one of the city's top lawyers. In recent years, McDermott has begun weighing in on public policy, writing op-eds for The Oregonian about tax policy. In 2009, when the state was debating Measures 66 and 67, which increased personal and corporate income taxes, McDermott wrote a piece titled "I ...   More
 
Friday, September 14, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

On Taxes, Paul Ryan is No Gary Johnson

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The weekend political chat has been all about Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Congressman chosen by Mitt Romney as his running mate. The early punditry claims that the addition of the tea partyish Ryan to the GOP ticket will energize "the base," but also scare Democrats enough to activate them as well. Paul Ryan's specialty is taxes—he is the chair of the House Budget Committee. While he is to the right ...   More
 
Monday, August 13, 2012 MARK ZUSMAN

1040 Blues

How to screw up your taxes. Or not.


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As someone once said, there are only two guarantees in life: death and screwing up your taxes. At least, that’s what I’ve been told. I’m a 29-year-old man who still sends his 1099 to his dad and   More
 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Green Machine

New green-energy tax breaks make critics see red.


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Newly proposed green-energy tax credits in Oregon are prompting watchdog groups to warn that the measure is a warmed-up version of a discredited idea. And the tax watchdogs blasting the proposal f   More
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

9 Things The Rich Don't Want You To Know About Taxes


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For three decades we have conducted a massive economic experiment   More
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 DAVID CAY JOHNSTON

Waiting For A Tax Refund? Don't Get Screwed

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As the April 18 tax filing deadline rapidly approaches, many Oregonians are looking forward to refunds. But some of them, chances are, will fall into a trap more costly than taking out a payday loan.  The Portland advocacy group, Economic Fairness Oregon, has looked into what are called Refund Anticipation Checks. Such checks are effectively a way for cash-strapped taxpayers to borrow the cost ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Peter DeFazio Still Unhappy About Tax Deal

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 HENRY STERN

The Case Against Extending The Bush Tax Cuts


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Before he retired from The New York Times in 2008, Pulitzer-prize winning reporter David Cay Johnston (above) spent nearly enough time here reporting on Texas Pacific and other utility matters to be considered an honorary Oregonian. Johnston, also a best-selling author, continues to write about his specialty—taxes—and the many ways that wealthy individuals and large corporations ...   More
 
Monday, November 22, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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