New York Times business writer, David Cay Johnston, has won the Pulitzer Prize award in journalism for his distinguished beat reporting.
Mr. Johnston covers taxes and the IRS, and won the prize for, "penetrating and enterprising reporting that exposed loopholes and inequities in the U.S. tax code, which was instrumental in bringing about reforms."
In the past year, Mr. Johnston has shown how, in 1999, the poor were for the first time more likely to have their tax returns audited than wealthy taxpayers. He also pointed out the fact that tax returns of corporations are becoming less likely to be examined by the IRS.
Mr. Johnston will receive $7,500 in connection with the award.