Hot Diggity! Considering The ‘Hot Dog Tax’ On National Hot Dog Day

Mustard or ketchup? These are the kinds of pressing questions the nation faces today because it’s National Hot Dog Day. I know what you’re thinking: who knew hot dogs had their own day? They do. They have their own month, too: National Hot Dog Day is part of National Hot Dog Month (I kid you … Read more

Taxation Without Representation: Why We Celebrate July 4th

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress formally adopted what we call The Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence is exactly what it sounds like: an announcement to the world that the United States of America had voted to declare its independence from King George III and Great Britain. This was a big deal. … Read more

Taxes, Not Tequila: A Refresher Course On Cinco De Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexican Independence Day – that’s on September 16 (be sure and drop that casually tonight over tequila shots and margaritas and you’ll sound super smart). It is, instead, the anniversary of the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during … Read more

Civil War Widows, General Logan & Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

In a city filled with art, it’s easy to miss the statue of an American soldier tucked away in Chicago’s Grant Park. But that would be a mistake. I’m in the Windy City today and had the opportunity to see the 1897 statue of General John Alexander Logan. It’s just off Michigan Avenue, near 9th … Read more

Oh Baby! Social Security Announces Most Popular Baby Names Of 2014

The most popular names for babies born in the United States for 2014 are… Noah and Emma. The list of the most popular baby names of 2014 as determined by Social Security Administration data was released earlier today. The baby naming statistics were based on nearly 4 million births in the United States for 2014. … Read more

Widow Of Former Pacers Owner Sues IRS For $21 Million, Says Team Became An ‘Embarrassment’

Last year, the Indiana Pacers found themselves in a National Basketball Association (NBA) showdown with the Miami Heat. As the regular season was winding down, a game hyping the #BeastsoftheEast would determine the Eastern Conference’s top seed. The Pacers took the game with a narrow 84-83 victory. This season tells a different story. With a … Read more

10 Notorious Tax Cheats: Al Capone, Public Enemy Number One

“They can’t collect legal taxes from illegal money.” Those infamous words would eventually come back to haunt Alphonse Gabriel Capone, better known as Al Capone, Public Enemy Number One. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1899, Al Capone quickly became acquainted with street gangs. He dropped out of school in the sixth grade at age … Read more

13 Quirky Beer And Tax Facts On National Beer Day

Happy National Beer Day! National Beer Day falls on April 7 and commemorates the day that beer was once again allowed to be legally manufactured and sold following a long, dry Prohibition. On March 22, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Cullen–Harrison Act into law which moved the U.S. away from Prohibition by allowing the … Read more