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Reynolds Rewind: Tax Day

April 13, 2017

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This year, Tax Day is April 18th — one of the most dreaded days in the United States. Despite the general disdain for paying taxes, it’s an important topic that involves numerous angles affecting your readers.

We’ve explored different tax story ideas and have have a number of articles filled with tips and ideas you can use to report on taxes in your community.

Covering Tax Season: How to Get Started

The simplest tax stories look at the tax season. From the amount each state collects to the new ways taxpayers are filing, there are significant data-rich stories business reporters can write. If you’ve never reported on tax season before, this is a good starter.

Why Reporters Should Look at Local Candidates’ Taxes

Many national political reporters are waiting for President Trump to release his tax returns, a tradition for presidential candidates that goes back to the 1970s. They are private, of course, and there are no requirements for public office holders to make them public, but that doesn’t mean local and national candidates won’t share them. Here are some tips on what you should look for when reporting on local candidates and their taxes.

Tools for Using Tax Forms to Cover Nonprofit Organizations

Many people mistake nonprofits for charities, but that’s not always the case. Nonprofits are important organizations for business reporters to cover and tax forms are a great tool to use while investigating.

How They Did It: “The Panama Papers”

The Center for Public Integrity’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung and 107 media partners worldwide won the 2016 Barlett & Steele Gold Award for their investigation into one of the largest tax havens in the world. Earlier this week it also earned them the Pulitzer Prize. If you need some inspiration to start reporting on taxes, read about this massive investigation.

What Happens If You Don’t Pay Your Taxes?

Speaking of inspiration, the deadline for filing is just days away. Hopefully you’ve already sent yours in, but if you haven’t, here’s what could happen.

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