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The Financial Flipside Podcast

The Financial Flipside is, in part, a podcast for entrepreneurs, but it’s not only that. We also talk about the politics of money and the way that economic issues impact our daily lives. Our episodes cover everything from trade to tax reform, from cash flow to credit, from the history of money to the economics of immigration, all in a way that is frank, accessible, and (hopefully) fun.

Oct 30, 2017

This week we talk about one of life’s two certainties: taxes. Specifically, we have a lively discussion about the recently-released Republican tax plan. In addition to covering the plan’s major points and some of its implications for taxpayers, we discuss the history of taxes, how taxes work today, and why size matters when talking about small businesses and tax reform.


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The high-level version of the Republican tax plan

If you prefer visuals, the NY Times outlines the plan in 6 charts

A brief history of taxes in the US

An IRS survey finds that 90% of Americans see  paying taxes as a civic duty

Part of understanding how tax reform will impact you involves knowing the difference between tax rates and tax brackets

The impact of the plan on small business owners may depend on what we mean by small business, which can vary widely by industry



What do small business owners think of tax reform? It depends on who you ask.

A bit of a blast from the past: Greece illustrates one possible outcome of not having a strong tax-paying culture