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Dolce & Gabbana Sentenced To Prison For Tax Evasion

19 June 2013

Are prison stripes the next fall look for Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana? The Italian fashion duo have been found guilty of tax evasion by Judge Antonella Brambilla and sentenced to one year and eight months in prison. Neither Dolce nor Gabbana appeared at the sentencing in Milan and have continued to deny the charges. […]

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Archbishop Says Those Who Avoid Taxes ‘Are Actually Robbing God’

19 June 2013

On the last day of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, a number of major world leaders agreed on new measures meant to ensure tax compliance by individuals and companies. The focus on tax evasion was a major part of the agenda set by British Prime Minister David Cameron: tax, trade and transparency, or the […]

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Walmart Blames Sluggish Sales On Taxes, Enjoys Lower Effective Tax Rate

16 May 2013

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (Walmart) had mostly good news for Wall Street yesterday when it reported earnings of $3.78 billion, or $1.14 per share, in the first quarter. Those earnings were consistent with Walmart’s expectations of $1.11 to $1.16 per share and just short of analysts’ average forecast of $1.15 per share. Those earnings were likely […]

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US Reps To House: BEER Me

11 May 2013

You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer. – Frank Zappa There was a time when, if following Zappa’s criteria, the U.S. might not have […]

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Former GM Exec Bob Lutz Suggests Higher Gas Taxes Would Help Americans

27 April 2013

Americans are addicted to gasoline, according to retired General Motors Vice Chairman Robert A. Lutz, and there’s only one cure: higher gas taxes. Lutz, who held positions at GM, BMW, Ford and Chrysler before returning to GM in 2001 spoke to a crowd earlier this month at the SAE (Society of Automobile Engineers) 2013 World […]

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About Those Leaked Wal-Mart Emails… Is IRS To Blame For Sluggish Sales?

22 February 2013

Wal-Mart had the worst sales start in seven years. So what gives? Are consumers unhappy with Wal-Mart or is it something more?

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Ship Isn’t The Only Thing That Stinks At Carnival: Low Tax Rate Stirs Ire

16 February 2013

I love a good cruise story – even those gone bad. Gilligan’s Island? I’d totally live with those seven strangers (did anyone else find the Professor dreamy?).  And the Titanic? Even when dying, Leonardo DiCaprio managed to make Kate Winslet swoon. Being shipwrecked or smacking into an iceberg at least makes a good romantic story. […]

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Throwing A Holiday Party That Even Uncle Sam Will Love

14 December 2012

Dear corporate types, I do love the B52s but under no circumstances should “Rock Lobster” be played – and danced to – at a company party. That was my tweet on yesterday. I happened to be working at a venue not far from such a party. It was a mishmash of mostly middle-aged corporate types […]

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Vice President Biden Shops Costco As Costco Shops Tax Deal

30 November 2012

So what do Vice President Joe Biden and I have in common? We both have a Costco card. It’s true. If you follow the blog (or me on @twitter), you know that I recently moved out of the city. And once here, I consulted my “What to do when you move into the suburbs” handbook […]

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Moving Right Along: Deducting Work-Related Moving Expenses

19 August 2012

It’s a pretty exciting week at the law firm: we’re moving to a new location. I’ll admit to being a little nostalgic about the big move. We’ve been in the same offices for more than eight years. I was actually hugely pregnant with my daughter when we signed the lease and had to sign a […]

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