Halloween Spending To Top $6Halloween Spending To Top $6.9 Billion In 2015, Filling Sales Tax Coffers

From pumpkins to costumes to candy, Americans are expected to spend up to $6.9 billion on Halloween sales in 2015. According to the National Retail Federation, 157 million Americans will scare up an average of $74 per person in Halloween holiday spending. You know, of course, that I’m one of those folks who goes crazy … Read more

‘Dance Moms’ Star Abby Lee Miller Accused Of Hiding Income, Indicted On Fraud Charges

Move over, Real Housewives, there’s a new bankruptcy scandal in reality TV town. Abby Lee Miller, the star of the reality TV show “Dance Moms” has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on charges of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy assets, and false bankruptcy declarations. If those allegations sound familiar, they … Read more

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