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The Bottom Line Blog

Isn’t It Special?

Summary: When it comes to raising taxes, Washington usually targets the middle class for the same reason Willie Sutton robbed banks – because that’s where

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Splitting Hairs, Volume #2,379

Summary: Martha Albrecht and her husband spent a lifetime assembling a collection of native American jewelry and artifacts. In 2014, the widowed Martha decided to

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Bravo!

Summary: Bravo’s “real” housewives don’t bear any resemblance to the classic ‘50s suburban hausfraus waiting with martinis for their husbands to get home from work in the

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Sock it To Me

Summary: The IRS has traditionally used the Consumer Price Index, or CPI, to calculate annual adjustments. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

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Excuses, Excuses

Summary:  In 1985, a German wine dealer named Hardy Rodenstock came across a collection of bottles he claimed had been bricked up behind a wall

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Crook on the Hook

Summary: Today, no one remembers Nixon without thinking of Watergate. But the break-in opened the door to a second controversy that would have cemented Nixon’s

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Monkey See, Monkey Do

Summary: “The coconut trade uses social monkeys as chained-up coconut-picking machines, depriving them of any opportunity to eat, play, or spend time with their families.” Walmart

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Mmmmmm, Donuts

Summary: Donut sales generate millions in sales taxes for grateful state and local governments. But donuts are one of those tricky foods that can be

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Pummeled By the Bear

Summary: It’s clear that spouses can net gains and losses against each other. It’s also clear that you can file jointly if you’re married by

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