Top 10 Posts of 2010

December 21, 2010

Just in time for the end of the year, we present the Tax Policy Blog’s top 10 posts from 2010. Chosen by you, our loyal readers, based on your clicks. What topic made it to the coveted #1 spot this year? The answer may surprise you.

#10 – Monday Map: State Gasoline Tax Rates

June 7, 2010
By Tax Foundation Staff

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#9 – CBO Report on Long-Term Budget Outlook Is Grim, But How Much Is Obama’s Fault?

June 30, 2010
by Gerald Prante

Today, the Congressional Budget Office released its long-term budget outlook. Again, the forecast going forward to 2035 and beyond was a grim reminder of the fiscal future that awaits the U.S., especially if Congress does what it has done for the past ten years: increase spending and cut taxes. [Read full post.]

#8 – Rich Pay 40% of Nation’s Tax Burden, Hillary Clinton Says It’s Not Enough

May 28, 2010
by Scott A. Hodge

Ben Smith at Politico has posted a video of Hillary Clinton stating that she does not think America’s rich are paying their fair share of taxes. She said, “The rich are not paying their fair share in any nation that is facing the kind of employment issues [America currently does]—whether it’s individual, corporate or whatever [form of] taxation forms.” [Read full post.]

#7 – How Would President Obama’s Tax Plan Raise Tax Payments for a Couple Earning $250,000 or Less?

July 28, 2010
by Nick Kasprak

The Tax Foundation launched a new calculator last week that helps users see how their taxes might rise in 2011. In a FoxNews piece about it, we explained that some families making $250,000 or less could see a tax increase under Obama’s budget proposal, which would be a violation of his famous campaign promise not to raise taxes on families with incomes of $250,000 or less. Here’s how that would happen. [Read full post.]

#6 – Austin Suicide Pilot Appears to Be Upset About the Tax Reform Act of 1986 (Seriously)

February 18, 2010
by Gerald Prante

The details regarding this incident are of course still early, but a manifesto/suicide note has been found that was apparently written by Joseph Stack, the pilot who flew his plane into an IRS building in Austin this morning. [Read full post.]

#5 – Is Obama Raising Taxes on the Middle Class? According to Joe Biden, Yes

October 11, 2010
by Gerald Prante

At a campaign rally last week in Washington State for Sen. Patty Murray, Vice President Joe Biden said “Let me tell you what middle class is: Joe Biden.” [Read full post.]

#4 – A Closer Look at Popular USA Today Article Claiming Historically Low Taxes

May 11, 2010
by Gerald Prante

An article in the business section of today’s USA Today that is headlined, “Tax bills in 2009 at lowest level since 1950” has garnered a lot of attention on the web today (the White House has even re-tweeted it.) The headline is accurate when properly interpreted, but the numbers within the article contain some flaws. [Read full post.]

#3 – Would “ObamaCare” (Health Care Reform) Tax the Sale of Your Home? Probably Not.

September 24, 2010
by Gerald Prante

There has been a story and an e-mail floating around for some time claiming that the recent health care reform bill (PPACA/supplemental bill) would impose a 3.8 percent “sales” tax on the sale of every home. The e-mail has been rightfully debunked by the usuals ( and Snopes), but here is what the bill would actually do regarding taxation of the sales of homes. [Read full post.]

#2 – Will Republicans’ Prescription Drug Entitlement End Up Costing More than “ObamaCare?”

March 29, 2010
by Gerald Prante

Back in 2004, President Bush and many congressional Republicans put into law a large entitlement increase in the form of expanding Medicare to include prescription drugs for seniors.

Last week, President Obama and Democrats in Congress put into law a large entitlement increase in the form of comprehensive health care reform, which critics have dubbed “ObamaCare.” [Read full post.]

#1 – Austin Suicide Pilot Allegedly Upset By Denial of Ind. Contractor Status to Non-Ind. Contractors

February 18, 2010
by Joseph Henchman

My colleague Gerald Prante below links to and excerpts from a manifesto allegedly written by the individual that crashed his plane in Austin today.

The suicide pilot’s alleged manifesto evidently cites his outrage at Section 1706 of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which affected Section 530 of the Revenue Act of 1978 (note, neither are part of the Internal Revenue Code). [Read full post.]


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