Jerry Brown Struggles Mixing Taxes and Tampons

Jerry Brown Struggles Mixing Taxes and Tampons
I grew up in California during one of its biggest booms in economic growth. The good times were rolling, and the Sacramento Pols were doing their best to spend every dollar before it even hit their coffers. During one election before I could vote, I remember my mom debating how she should vote on some ...

Washington Grower Suing to Stop Marijuana Tax

Washington Grower Suing to Stop Marijuana Tax
While my state of Colorado is apparently swimming in marijuana tax revenue, the news from the other state to legalize recreational marijuana has been fairly silent. Since I’m more interested in the tax consequences of legalizing marijuana than the substance itself, I haven’t been actively searching for Washington’s experiment with the drug, but I did run ...

The Dangers of Casual Sales

The Dangers of Casual Sales
Last time you had a garage sale, did you collect sales tax? If not, you may be breaking the law. Okay, that’s only the case if you live in Colorado, Oklahoma, or Wyoming, which makes up about 3% of the US. Those three states, oddly enough, do not include exceptions for occasional, or casual, sales. ...

Wait, Did California Override Federal Law Again?

Wait, Did California Override Federal Law Again?
We all know that medical marijuana is illegal for federal purposes, but legal for California purposes. This is pretty old news. I’ll defer to others whether this is right or wrong, but it does result in interesting results, like having to put “drug trafficker” as your federal return occupation. Apparently last year they did it ...

Falling Flat

Falling Flat
I’m sorry to tell any of you who were hoping for some change, but we will never have a flat tax system. Not a real one, at least, so just leave it alone. I’m talking about any kind of flat tax. Flat individual income tax. Flat corporate income tax. Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” plan. It’s just ...

But There’s no Sales Tax on Amazon

But There's no Sales Tax on Amazon
Sorry to break it to you, but you DO owe sales tax on your online purchases. Well, use tax, actually, but it’s basically the same thing. Amazon, however, doesn’t have to collect the tax, unlike your friendly 5 and Dime down the street (I’m actually not sure what a 5 and Dime is, but old ...