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Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich - and Cheat Everybody Else (ISBN 1591840198) is a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter David Cay Johnston that argues that the American tax system has been tilted to supplement the incomes and extravagant lifestyles of the rich and powerful.


Johnston argues the tax system squeezes the middle class, which creates a widening income gap that threatens the stability of the country. Workers are being cheated out of their retirement plans while failed CEOs walk away with hundreds of millions. Some corporations avoid paying any federal income tax at all. Corporate CEOs take vacations using corporate jets, while paying less money than ordinary people pay for a middle seat in coach seating and then sticking others with most of the bill. The working poor are seven times more likely to be audited by the IRS than anyone else. The book claims the IRS has become so weak that even when it was handed complete banking records detailing massive cheating by 1,600 people, only 4 percent were prosecuted.


External links

  • Official Perfectly Legal website (http://www.perfectlylegalthebook.com/)
  • Interview with David Cay Johnston on his book (http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/18/1350212&mode=thread&tid=25)
  • Salon.com book review (http://www.salon.com/books/review/2004/02/09/johnston/)

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Review of "Perfectly Legal" by David Cay Johnston - Labor Law Talk (8536 words)
Perfectly Legal is not an academic monograph, nor is it intended to be.
Throughout Perfectly Legal, Johnston describes the IRS as an agency subject to political manipulation and an unworthy adversary of those in the legal and accounting community.
In discussing legal complexity, Professor Schuck refers to rules that "occupy a large portion of the relevant policy space and seek to control a broad range of conduct, which causes them to collide and conflict with their animating policies with some frequency" as "dense" rules.
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