Slate Money on tampons, value-added tax, and sales tax.

The Inscrutable Logic of the Sales Tax

The Inscrutable Logic of the Sales Tax

Slate’s weekly business and finance podcast.
March 5 2016 2:06 AM

The Brain in a VAT Edition

Slate Money on tampon taxes, value-added taxes, and the weird way the U.S. does sales tax.


Listen to Episode No. 95 of Slate Money:


On this episode of Slate Money, hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of, and Slate’s Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann talk sales taxes.

Topics discussed on today’s show include:

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Twitter:  @felixsalmon, @mathbabedotorg, @JHWeissmann
Production by Audrey Quinn.

Cathy O'Neil is a former hedge fund quant and blogger at

Felix Salmon is a journalist.

Jordan Weissmann is Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.