They call me "America's Accountant", with more than 40 Years of experience A libertarian and fiscal conservative from New York. Read my take on taxes, politics, and financial news of the day here on RS and at my website, , "The Brass Tax of Politics"


    The Government Raisin Ring

    Possibly one of the biggest property-rights case since Kelo has recently been argued before the Supreme Court. The property in question this time is not land, but raisins. A couple, the Hornes, who were raisin farmers in California were fined for declining to participate in a government sponsored raisin regulatory group. The raisin growers sued the government under the 5th Amendment with regard to their | Read More »

    Chris Christie’s Hail Mary

    Chris Christie recently unveiled a plan to overhaul Social Security. This is his Hail Mary to get back in the game of running for President. Though I applaud his decision to make entitlement reform a major portion of his platform, his proposal is merely another veiled tax increase on the wealthy. There are two portions to his reform plan. The first is to raise the | Read More »

    The IRS’s Growing Role as A “Rules Interpreter”

    A recent article by the National Review brought to light how the IRS has taken on the role of “rules interpretation” in recent years, which is beyond its scope as the nation’s tax collecting agency. The most notorious example of this new role is highlighted in the King vs Burwell case before the Supreme Court — where the IRS interpreted the language of Obamacare other | Read More »

    TIGTA to IRS: You Got (More) Mail!

    The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found even more missing emails from Lois Lerner among the recycled back-up tapes, which has provided now about 35,000 emails that were deemed lost and destroyed. This new batch of roughly 6,400 emails is particularly interesting, because it spans 2004- 2013, so it covers the time frame both before and after Lerner’s hard drive crashed in 2011. | Read More »

    IRS Complains About Budget Cuts, But It Cut Its Own Customer Service Budget

    Earlier this year, John Koskinen, the IRS Commissioner, complained about the IRS budget given to him by Congress. It was reduced by nearly $350 million for this fiscal year. Commissioner Koskinen claimed the “agency’s $10.9 billion budget is its lowest since 2008. When adjusted for inflation, the budget hasn’t been this low since 1998.” Due to budget cuts, the IRS warned that customer service would | Read More »

    Dirty Harry Reid

    I’ve been pondering the recent Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 0% episode, where Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 0% discussed the incident from 2012 when he openly lied about Mitt Romney not filing tax returns for 10 years. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 0% completely justified his behavior by stating to CNN’s Dana Bash, “”I don’t regret that at | Read More »

    Obamacare Tax Compliance May Be An Issue For the Poorest

    This year is the first year for which proof of health insurance, or payment of the “shared responsibility” tax/fee/penalty, is required to be accounted for on one’s tax return. But what happens when a person does not meet the income threshold to actually have to file their taxes? The Weekly Standard points out that a conundrum exists for the poor. Under Obamacare rules, the economically | Read More »

    Government-run Transparency Site is Now Even LESS Transparent

    Last summer, I wrote about how an audit by the GAO of the government-run transparency site, (, revealed that more than 90% of the information found on there was inaccurate. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) audited spending data from 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, by comparing government agency records with those found on The GAO reported that only 2-7% | Read More »

    Speech Police: “Dear Politicians, Stop Calling People ‘Taxpayers’”

    The New Republic recently went through an internal overhaul in order to stay relevant, and the recent drivel that was written shows that it wasn’t for the better. Last week, there was an article written called, “”Dear Politicians, Stop Calling People ‘Taxpayers'”, in which the author proposes to eliminate the word “taxpayer” from everyday lexicon because it favors those who pay taxes. You can’t make | Read More »

    Clinton Wrote More Personal Emails Than Official Ones, Averaging 31 a Day

    According to the LA Times, Hillary Clinton has revealed that aides “deleted more than 30,000 emails that she deemed personal.” In fact, Clinton herself breaks down the email numbers: there were 62,320 total messages. 30,490 of these were provided to the State Department, and 31,830 were private records that were destroyed. That’s right, she wrote more personal emails than professional ones during her tenure as | Read More »

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