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Hoops Tax Forum

Hoops Tax Forum – Spring 2021

Tuesday March 9, 2021 @ 12 p.m.

The Prosperity Tax – An alternative for the 21st century

Watch event here (video link)

The corporate income tax, enacted by Congress 110 years ago, has outlived its usefulness in America and other countries with modern financial systems.

Simply repealing the corporate income tax, however, would create economic disaster by encouraging risk-averse corporate behavior that holds back economic growth. Our Congress could easily adopt a new system that encourages domestic capital investment, promotes economic growth and raises living standards.

David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for what the judges called his “exquisite command of complicated U.S. tax laws and of how corporations and individuals twist them to their advantage.” His reporting prompted Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to change their tax policies and resulted in many laws and regulations being changed.

Johnston’s plan for a new tax system has been examined by top tax administrators, tax accountants and tax avoidance lawyers, all of whom say it is sound and workable. The full plan will be detailed in a short book due out in 2021.

While a reporter for The New York Times, he wrote the bestsellers Perfectly Legal and Free Lunch, exposed what were then little-known aspects of American taxes. He later was a columnist for Tax Notes Magazine and Reuters and is a frequent guest on CNN and MSNBC. Johnston is a former president of Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) and has lectured on journalism, tax policy and other issues on every continent except Antarctica.

He taught the tax and business law of the ancient world at Syracuse University’s College of Law and its Whitman graduate accounting schools for eight years. He now teaches legal principles to undergraduates.

Johnston is also the editor-in-chief of, a free nonprofit news service run by former senior journalists at The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.

Past Events

Event Description Video
Spring 2019 On 3/27/19 in Spark G45, the Hoops Tax Institute will present: “Sales Suppression Software: What is it, How Using it Hurts Others and Could Land You Behind Bars, and what You should do if You See it” Watch the Video
Fall 2017 On 11/29/17 The Hoops Tax Institute presented: Thomas Neubig, founding member, Tax Sage Network, and his presentation, “Federal Tax Reform: Why is it Needed, Why so difficult?” Watch the Video
Spring 2017 On 3/6/17 The Hoops Tax Institute presented “Governor Inslee’s 2017-19 Financial Plan,” a public lecture by David Schumacher, director of the Washington State Office of Financial Management. Watch the Video
Fall 2016 On 10/20/16, The Hoops Tax Institute presented a panel discussion on I-732 Washington state’s carbon tax initiative. Watch the Video
Spring 2016 On 3/31/16 the Hoops Tax Institute presented a panel discussion on the OECD’s proposed multi-lateral agreement on corporate base erosion and profit sharing. Watch the Video
Fall 2015 On 10/6/15 Cara Griffith presented, ““The Good, The Bad and the Downright Ugly: An Outsider’s Look at Washington State’s Tax System.” Watch the Video
Spring 2015 On 2/19/15 David Cay Johnston presented, “How Government Creates Inequality: The Tax Rules That Take From the Many to Give to the Few.” Watch the Video


Hoops Institute of Taxation Research and Policy
PO Box 644729
Todd Hall, Room 237K
Pullman, WA 99164-4729

This event is co-sponsored between the Foley Institute and the Hoops Institute of Taxation Research and Policy