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accountants portrayed in popular culture
death from overwork
accountants' glamorous world
history of accounting
"Sarbanes-Oxley Blues," words and music written by Headwaters Co-Founder & Chairman Dave Maney
U.S. tax history
Al Capone, FDR, LBJ, MLK, Watergate
Sex of a Hippopotamus
tax return publicity
famous wealthy people
Jay Starkman is proud to release his
new book, The
Sex of a Hippopotamus: A Unique History of Taxes
The Wall Street Journal wrote, "this is the only readable book about taxes that this longtime tax reporter has ever come across." Read the review here.
This remarkable book weaves entertaining and educational stories culled
from tax accounting since biblical times. It presents the never-before-told
story of how American and world history have been profoundly influenced by
taxes. Unique, quirky, interlaced with personal accounts, and always
enlightening, these amazing tax stories have involved some of our best-
known leaders and celebrities.
The many fascinating tax stories that fill this book include tales about
- Martin Luther King survived a six-day jury trial, avoiding prison
for underpaying his income tax by $318.81.
- President Franklin Roosevelt made two attempts at taxing income over
$25,000 at a whopping 100 percent! And he saved a future president from prison for criminal tax fraud.
- Gandhi introduced nonviolent political struggle in a tax protest.
- California used racist taxes to exclude Chinese from the Gold Rush.
- The U.S. once taxed windows, salt, marijuana, and collected $1 million
annually from an opium tax.
- Until 1935, Coca-Cola contained traces of cocaine. A special law
allowed untaxed coca leaf imports.
- Abolish the IRS? Andrew Jackson actually did. But it came back 28
- Prior to 1933, U.S. presidents were exempt from income tax.
- Only one U.S. president has ever visited the IRS building.
- 89 million income tax returns filed each year should be unnecessary.
- Peter the Great taxed beards and turned Russia for the first time
into a clean-shaven society.
- One U.S. president found time to write a 300-page book on taxes.
- What tax situation have Jimmy Carter, Laura Bush, Barack Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton in common?
- As a senator, Barack Obama's legislative accomplishments included 15 tax reduction laws enacted in 2006.
- The South's tithing tax helped supply Sherman in his march to Savannah.
- Outright taxpayer wins in Tax Court are a dismal eight percent.
- Just sixty years ago, the IRS was so corrupt that if you didn't offer
the agent a bribe, he might have shaken you down for one. The
commissioner went to prison.
- Al Capone and Wesley Snipes had tax problems that made headlines.
Lesser-known tax problems faced Andrew Mellon, Alan Jay Lerner,
Sergeant York, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Conway Twitty, Willie Nelson, Jack Benny and Groucho Marx.
- William Jennings Bryan's "Cross of Gold" speech is considered one of the greatest speeches in American history. His impromptu Income Tax Speech was even better.
- During Prohibition, Congress had its own bootlegger and set him up with space in the Cannon House Office Building from where he made regular deliveries to his House customers. He was known simply as "The Man in the Green Hat."