Did Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes File a False Tax Return With the IRS?

A new report suggests she didn't disclose all of her income in 2012.


Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes has been collecting private consulting fees while serving as an adviser to Gov. John Kitzhaber—and that practice has put her under scrutiny by the state’s ethics commission and has led to a criminal investigation by the FBI. But revelations in a story by Hillary Borrud with the EO Media Group/Pamplin Media Group Capital Bureau could cause a new question about Hayes: ...   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Opening the Tax Floodgates

Hold your wallets. Oregon Democrats ruling Salem want to raise your taxes.

Lawmakers convened in Salem on Jan. 12 to attend Gov. John Kitzhaber’s inaugural address and start the business of making new laws. Many states saw Democrats wiped out in the 2014 election   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portrait of An Arts Tax

It’s not clear how a tax on Portlanders will keep its promises to schools.

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It used to be kids all over Portland came home from public school splattered in paint, smelling of papier-mâché paste and proudly carrying home their latest creation for the refrigerator door. A   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Advocate For Higher Taxes Benefits From Tax Break


Jim McDermott, who heads the litigation practice at Portland's Ball Janik law firm has earned a reputation as one of the city's top lawyers. In recent years, McDermott has begun weighing in on public policy, writing op-eds for The Oregonian about tax policy. In 2009, when the state was debating Measures 66 and 67, which increased personal and corporate income taxes, McDermott wrote a piece titled "I ...   More
Friday, September 14, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

On Taxes, Paul Ryan is No Gary Johnson


The weekend political chat has been all about Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Congressman chosen by Mitt Romney as his running mate. The early punditry claims that the addition of the tea partyish Ryan to the GOP ticket will energize "the base," but also scare Democrats enough to activate them as well. Paul Ryan's specialty is taxes—he is the chair of the House Budget Committee. While he is to the right ...   More
Monday, August 13, 2012 MARK ZUSMAN

1040 Blues

How to screw up your taxes. Or not.

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As someone once said, there are only two guarantees in life: death and screwing up your taxes. At least, that’s what I’ve been told. I’m a 29-year-old man who still sends his 1099 to his dad and   More
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Green Machine

New green-energy tax breaks make critics see red.

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Newly proposed green-energy tax credits in Oregon are prompting watchdog groups to warn that the measure is a warmed-up version of a discredited idea. And the tax watchdogs blasting the proposal f   More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

9 Things The Rich Don't Want You To Know About Taxes

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For three decades we have conducted a massive economic experiment   More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 DAVID CAY JOHNSTON

Waiting For A Tax Refund? Don't Get Screwed

Scales of Justice

As the April 18 tax filing deadline rapidly approaches, many Oregonians are looking forward to refunds. But some of them, chances are, will fall into a trap more costly than taking out a payday loan.  The Portland advocacy group, Economic Fairness Oregon, has looked into what are called Refund Anticipation Checks. Such checks are effectively a way for cash-strapped taxpayers to borrow the cost ...   More
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS


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