Archive for the ‘Taxes’ Category

The GOP Tax Reform's True Target

The GOP Tax Reform’s True Target

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Personal Finance, Taxes, Texas

Taxes form the backbone of the relationship between government and the governed, revealing most starkly what we value as a society. Spoiler alert: We value business owners and investors. The most dramatic proposal to emerge from “The Unified Framework For Fixing Our Broken Tax Code”  announced last Wednesday from GOP leadership in Congress and President […]

The End of MyRA

The End of MyRA

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Personal Finance, Taxes

At the end of July the Trump administration quietly killed a retirement program called MyRA , intended to help lower and middle-income people begin investing for retirement. Good riddance. If you are of a certain political cast of mind, you might see the end of the MyRA as another hit job by Wall Street and […]

War on Cash or Privacy

War on Cash or Privacy

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Personal Finance, Taxes, Texas

I started thinking about the War on Cash recently over a giant plate full of butter, syrup, and pancakes. You see, I spent part of my summer vacation in Gatlinburg, TN, which some think of as the jumping-off point to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but I prefer to think of as the Pancake House […]

Need Transparency Taken To Eleven

Need Transparency Taken To Eleven

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes, Texas

In my last post I mentioned the terrible scores Houston and San Antonio governments received for transparency in their economic development programs, according to a report by Good Jobs First. One reason the stakes for transparency are high is because the amounts of subsidy are so big. How big? Well, we’ll soon find out. In 2017, for […]

A Budget Discussion Thats Not Stoopid

A Budget Discussion Thats Not Stoopid

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Taxes

As of last week, your income taxes are all filed. Congrats! Or, like me, you got an extension. Boo! In either case, it’s a good week to think about what our tax money bought this year. And since we’ve all been promised federal tax reform this spring or summer from a unified legislative and executive […]