Anatomy of a Sin Tax

Anatomy of a Sin Tax
What’s the purpose of a tax? This is a fundamental debate, yet it’s rarely examined beyond the surface mud slinging we see in a political fight. It comes down to two options, though: are we trying to raise money, or are we trying to influence behavior? The tax code is riddled with examples of both. ...

Releasing Politicians’ Tax Returns – A Nonissue Issue

Releasing Politicians' Tax Returns - A Nonissue Issue
The Colorado news wires filled up last night with the same story again and again: Governor John Hickenlooper and challenger Bob Beauprez released their latest tax return to the public. Pressure was mounting for Beauprez to release his returns in the preceding weeks, so their release isn’t a surprise. But we finally got them. And ...

Are We All Tax Hypocrites?

Are We All Tax Hypocrites?
When I sat down this week to start planning next year’s budget (to see if I can lock myself into new 2 year phone contract), I realized I’ll likely be worse off January 1st than I am today. Yes, health insurance costs will go up as always, political pandering aside, but, for once, that won’t ...