Monthly Archives: April 2011

40 Years of Tax Changes

Few laws are as important as the federal tax law. It affects most of the 215 million adults who live in the United States, as well as millions of for-profit businesses and nonprofit entities. How has tax law changed since 1971? Let’s count just a few ways. In 1971 the top individual income tax rate  Continue Reading »

Immigration: A brief history

Nolo’s founding happens to have coincided with a quantum leap in the numbers of immigrants coming to live permanently in the United States (with a green card). Back in the white-picket-fence 1950s, typical annual immigration to the U.S. was about 250,000 people. That number doubled in the 1970s, largely reflecting new laws that scrapped quotas  Continue Reading »

The Brief Story of Texas vs. Nolo

When 19th century pioneers rode west, many carried a bible in one saddlebag and the bestselling Everyman His Own Lawyer, by John Wells in the other. But by 1998, when a Committee of the Supreme Court of Texas sought to ban Nolo’s books and software from the state, this frontier tradition of legal self-help had  Continue Reading »

Consumer Scams: 1971 & 2011 Comparison

Consumer fraud has come a long way in the last 40 years. Although scams thrived in the 1970s, the Internet brought the scamming trade to new heights in the 21st century. Let’s take a look at what the scam scene looked like in 1971 and what it looks like today – and how you can  Continue Reading »