It goes back to a single page in a report written decades ago by U.S. consultants, and funded by the U.S. State Department.
Planet Money posts about Government
Over the past decade, 39,000 people have come forward to tell the government they've been hiding money overseas. Here's what they tell us about offshore money.
It might be up to the government to decide whether foreign workers are the most qualified applicants for for jobs at private companies.
Shouldn't there be four Wafels & Dinges trucks for every hot-dog cart?
Meet a Brazilian who took on the world's largest superpower, a Texas cotton farmer who's tired of hearing the Brazilians complain, and a guy named Renato — a.k.a. Retaliation Master.
"How did two men, whose work is widely respected, reach such different conclusions from data about the same economy?"
Sugar costs more in the U.S. than in the rest of the world. If you're in the candy business — if, say, you make 10 million lollipops a day — that's a big deal.
Candy makers and sugar farmers have been fighting for years in Congress. The sugar farmers are winning.
Armstrong made $18 million riding for a team sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service. The government wants its money back (and then some).
Our series on government disability programs continues to provoke debate.
It includes multiple wars, a Supreme Court justice on his deathbed, and Donald Duck.
It's called a use tax. Accountants and tax lawyers are some of the only people who pay it.
On today's show, we look at a huge, often overlooked, surprisingly interesting corner of the tax code: The Earned Income Tax Credit.
Intangible drilling costs! De minimis fringe! And other essential corners of the tax code, explained.
A reader who just re-financed his mortgage asks: Why are so many people willing to lend huge amounts of money at such low interest rates?