Profiting From Star Wars, Michael Jackson & Taylor Swift Memorabilia: There’s A Tax On That

Want to own a piece of movie history?  You may get your chance when Profiles In History, the world’s largest auctioneer of Hollywood memorabilia, bangs the gavel on the highly anticipated Hollywood Auction beginning September 29. The auction, which will run through October 1, 2015, features a number of items straight off of the silver … Read more

Rand Paul Takes Aim At The Tax Code, Literally, With An AR-15

Nobody, it seems, is a fan of the current Internal Revenue Code. Yesterday, however, presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took to a California gun range to literally blow away our current tax system. Sen. Paul shot about 10 shots into boxes holding the approximately 80,000 page long Tax Code using a modified AR-15. Calling it … Read more

Snoop Dogg Has Money On His Mind After Being Stopped With Lots Of Cash In The Airport

Last week, Italian police stopped rapper Snoop Dogg and found $422,000 (€385,071.64) in his luggage (Louis Vuitton, of course) just as he was about to board a plane. Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, had not declared the cash and that’s against the rules. In the European Union, the maximum amount of cash that … Read more

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

Philadelphia Counts Down To Pope’s Visit As Rental Prices Keep Climbing

Philadelphia is rolling out the red carpet in September 2015 in preparation for the Pope’s visit. It’s not only Pope Francis’ first time in Philadelphia but his first official visit to the U.S. While the Pope will also be making stops in Washington, D.C. and New York City, the focus of his visit is the … Read more

Nevada Pops New Tax On Burning Man, iHeartRadio, Other Music Festivals

Heading to Nevada to catch your favorite entertainer this year? Better book a ticket for summer. Beginning in October 2015, tickets to live entertainment may be subject to a new 9% tax on admissions. All events held in venues capable of holding 15,000 or more concertgoers are subject to the new tax. The tax is … Read more

Numerous FIFA Officials Arrested In Massive Corruption Scheme Tied To World Cup, Other Tournaments

The soccer world was rocked this morning to learn 14 defendants have been charged with racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering conspiracies, and other offenses, in a wide-ranging corruption scheme. The defendants include two current FIFA Vice Presidents as well as the current and former Presidents of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association … Read more

Taxpayer’s Call To IRS Accidentally Broadcast On Howards Stern’s Radio Show

Coming to terms with your tax issues can be intimidating and sometimes, embarrassing. It’s even more embarrassing when your private information is broadcast to millions of people. That’s exactly what a woman from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, says happened to her. The woman says she called the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to talk about her tax … Read more

I’m Going Back To The Movies!

It’s ba-a-ack! Back by popular demand, this summer, Taxgirl is going back to the movies! That’s right, with Memorial Day blockbusters waiting in the wings, I’m reviving my “Taxgirl Goes To The Movies” feature. Here’s how it works: From time to time, beginning after Memorial Day, I’ll choose a movie to review. It may be … Read more

It’s No Joke: Colbert Announces Funding For All SC Public School Requests On DonorsChoose

Earlier this month, South Carolina public school teachers received some good news when Stephen Colbert announced that he would fund all of their existing grant requests on the web site DonorsChoose.org. The announcement, made at a surprise event at Alexander Elementary School, means that nearly 1,000 projects totaling more than $800,000 in 375 schools will … Read more