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As I was begrudgingly writing a last-minute mail to my tax people over the weekend — sending through late IT3 forms and grumping about forking out more cash to the SA Revenue Service (Sars) — The New York Times (NYT) dropped one of the scoops of the decade: its investigation into US President Donald Trump’s taxes (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/09/27/us/donald-trump-taxes.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage).

Trawling through the mammoth article, it did not escape me that I, a marginal middle-class SA journalist, have paid more — a lot more — tax in recent years than The Donald. We probably all have. Bigly...

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