The Tax Take

The parallels between the US tax system and our own are many and striking

27th September, 2015

For a committed European like me, one of the most perplexing things about the US is calculating the price of everything. If you buy a castle-festooned T-shirt in Blarney, the price you’re charged is the price on the sticker, usually anyway. Buy a Lincoln Memorial T-shirt in Washington, however, and you’re charged the price on the sticker, plus sales tax. The amount of sales tax varies from state to state. You end up always paying...

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