“When did you first learn about taxes?” I asked my 18-year-old nephew who had just been telling us about his organic chemistry class. If he could manage the structure of carbon atoms, surely he could he could learn a little tax policy.
We spent the better part of a beautiful, sunny weekend working on our taxes. We were among friends, if social media offers any indication: So many Facebook posts, so many sad or angry emojis expressing resignation or frustration.
The New York Times expose on Donald Trump’s apparent use of real estate tax losses to avoid paying income taxes for years has the political world abuzz. But the revelation raises another interesting question: Should any of our tax returns be private?