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David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter, Begins Regular Column for Tax Analysts

June 23, 2008

FALLS CHURCH, VA — “[O]ur tax system is working against us,” David Cay Johnston, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, writes in this week’s Tax Notes.


The tax system “is slowly making us poorer,” Johnston adds. “And it is also making some of the already rich much richer, a perversion of historic proportions that few Americans grasp.”

With today’s column, Johnston inaugurated “Johnston’s Take,” a regular feature that he will produce for Tax Analysts, the nonprofit publisher of Tax Notes and other premier print and online tax publications.

“We’re very proud to bring the keen insight and wisdom of David Cay Johnston to our readers,” said Christopher Bergin, president and publisher of Tax Analysts. “We believe ‘Johnston’s Take’ will prove an important contribution to debates about the proper role of taxes in our society.”

Johnston, who recently left the New York Times, produced some of the most important tax-related stories of recent years. He revealed, for instance, that Enron did not pay taxes and that some companies were using a Bermuda mail box in order to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

Among his other subjects as an investigative reporter over the last 40 years, Johnston wrote about brutality and political spying by the Los Angeles Police Department, Donald Trump’s finances, mismanagement by the United Ways of Los Angeles and Washington D.C., and news blackouts and manipulations by some of America’s most profitable television stations.

Johnston also has written three books. His first, Temples of Chance, was an expose of the casino industry. His second, Perfectly Legal, about how wealthy Americans manipulate the tax code for their benefit, was a national bestseller and won the 2004 Investigative Book of the Year award. His new book, Free Lunch, describes how, according to its subtitle, “the wealthiest Americans enrich themselves at government expense (and stick you with the bill).”

Click to read Johnston’s column.