Great American Tax Dodge How Spiraling Fraud and Avoidance Are Killing Fairness, Destroying the Income Tax and Costing You

ISBN-10: 0520236106

ISBN-13: 9780520236103

Edition: 2002

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In The Great American Tax Dodge, a book that should infuriate and galvanize citizens everywhere, the best-selling authors of America: What Went Wrong? expose the millions of Americans who are dodging their income taxes at every honest taxpayer's expense. With the clarity, insight, and readability that earned them two Pulitzer Prizes, Donald Barlett and James Steele explain how Americans are cheating as never before, and why most are getting away with it. The authors relate the stories of a Manhattan couple who spent $1 million a month to maintain their lifestyle yet never paid income tax, a California couple who provided sport utility vehicles for their children at taxpayers' expense, an entrepreneur in Costa Rica who shows Americans how to hide their money in clandestine accounts offshore, and computer technicians at America's largest corporations who live tax-free. Barlett and Steele describe how the Internet has democratized tax cheating, as proliferating Web sites and their often mysterious operators offer every service imaginable to escape taxes. They discuss the double standard the IRS employs in tax audits--one for the rich and well-connected and another for everyone else--and how the Justice Department tries to jail powerless citizens accused of tax law violations while allowing the wealthy and influential to go free. This book also documents how Congress is deliberately undermining the income tax in order to replace it with a system that will provide the largest windfall ever for the richest Americans--and increase the burden on everyone else. And it spells out how executives like Kenneth L. Lay bankrolled campaigns to institute such a tax system, based on accounting principles eerily similar to those employed at Lay's Enron Corporation. Finally, the authors consider our chances for reestablishing what was once the fairest tax system in the world.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 311
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Acknowledgments
Prologue: An American Original
The Tax Cheat Next Door
$1 Million a Month and No Tax Return
Phantom Children
Secrets of the System
Invisible Workers and Untaxed Profits
The Perfect Tax Return: Always a Refund
Treasure Islands
Mysterious Entities
The Entrepreneur
Strictly Confidential
The Hidden World Around You
Open Secrets
The Internet: Avoidance Made Easy
Escaping the Taxman
Secret Codes
Gnomes in Cyberspace
Caveat Emptor
Congress's Hidden Agenda
Demonizing the Tax Collector
Favoritism for a Few
The Beginning of the End
Collapsing of Its Own Weight
Pursuing the Powerless
Tax Cheaters' Lottery
More Fraud and Fewer Audits
Computer Crash
Operation Slam Dunk
The Big Fish Who Get Away
The Good Life on the Run
A Culture of Deceit
Cutting Corners
The Fraud Industry
Everyone's Doing It
High-Profile Dodgers
Congress's Plan to Raise Your Taxes
A Shifting Burden
The Flat Tax
The National Sales Tax
Lobbying for the Rich
Epilogue: Starting Over
Notes
Index
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