What Went Wrong: Taxes
Sept. 17, 2012
Hundreds of letters poured into the offices of The Philadelphia Inquirer in response to the gripping story of economic woes told in the original America: What Went Wrong? series by Donald Barlett and James Steele 20 years ago. While letters today are submitted electronically and conversations are often are on cell phones, the feeling of economic despair sounds eerily familiar. Bill Cotter's letter is one in an occasional series about people who submitted their story to us over the many months that we have worked on our current project, What Went Wrong: The Betrayal of the American Dream. The series led to Barlett and Steele's new, best-selling book, "The Betrayal of the America Dream," released in August.
Web Chat: Barlett and Steele take questions
April 18, 2011
Donald Barlett and James Steele are taking questions live online at on Monday, April 18 at 1 p.m. at a live chat hosted by The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Inquirer will run installments of the project, What Went Wrong: The Betrayal of the American Dream, over the coming year. The chat follows the Sunday publication of Tax time: Are corporations paying their share?
April 16, 2011
One of the more egregious falsehoods being peddled by the corporate tax cutters is that companies doing business in the United States are taxed at an exorbitant rate. Not so. While the United States has one of the highest statutory rates on the books at 35 percent, the only fair way to measure what companies actually pay is their effective rate after deductions, credits and assorted writeoffs.
Graphic: Who pays the taxes?
Feb. 7, 2011
We will feature charts, maps, photos and other visualizations that reflect the state of the economy as part of our What Went Wrong project. Today's column chart shows the growing disparity between what individuals and corporations pay in taxes. In the 1950s, the difference was 22 percent. Recent figures show the difference is 62 percent.