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Sunday Mail Bag

11 October 2009

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 […]

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Tax trivia: TV Audit

15 March 2009

We have a winner! See comments! Our last tax trivia question is (though we’re still waiting for a winner on the other one!): In what popular TV show does the star of the show get turned into the IRS for audit by a neighbor, who justified it by saying: But you know he deserved it. […]

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French TV Says “Non” to Subsidy Plan

29 June 2008

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 […]

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

7 June 2008

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 […]

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