Sunday Mail Bag

It’s a chilly Sunday morning here in Philadelphia. I thought a bit of housekeeping might be in order, so I’m opening up the ol’ taxgirl (e)mailbag. I have a bunch of non-technical tax questions which were submitted as “ask the taxgirl” questions but I thought it made more sense to answer them in one big … Read more

French TV Says “Non” To Subsidy Plan

President Nicolas Sarkozy of France has introduced a proposal to ban advertising from state-owned television channels. In the US, there are usually limitations on advertising on public television. Most public television in the US is financed through a mix of corporate and government contributions and donations of private individuals. However, in a number of countries … Read more

Fat? TV Addict? Should You Be Taxed On Your Lifestyle?

This week, I happened to notice a series of ads running in my local paper (The Philadelphia Inquirer) for Derrie-Air airlines. There were two features that distinguished Derrie-Air from, say, USAirways and United. One was the method of determining fare: The magic comes from our one of a kind “Sliding Scale”—the more you weigh, the … Read more