What would you do with: Two First-Class Plane Tickets and $10,000?

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The chief executive and founder of the shapewear company Spanx surprised employees with two first-class plane tickets and $10,000 each. Questions: How much did Sara Blakely spend to start her company in 2000 and what did she pledge it would be worth when people laughed 21 years ago? What fact points to why Blakely is… Read more »

Prediction: When Will The Supply Chain Problem Ease?

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According to the New York Times, the supply chain disruptions go back as early as last year, at the beginning stages of the pandemic.  Questions According to the article, what factors created the perfect storm in disrupting the supply chain? Why couldn’t the factories just produce more and help catch up the supply chain disruptions?… Read more »

Unionization at Amazon?

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According to the Washington Post, workers at an Amazon warehouse in New York’s Staten Island have launched a union drive in an ambitious bid to organize one of the world’s largest employers. Questions: How many locations would have an employee vote to unionize at Amazon warehouses? During the coronavirus pandemic, by what percentage have Amazon’s… Read more »

What are Amazon’s Worst HR and Accounting Problems and Why?

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According to the New York Times, a knot of problems with Amazon’s system for handling paid and unpaid leaves has led to devastating consequences for workers. Questions: According to the article, by what percentage had Tara Jones been underpaid by her Amazon warehouse job on one paycheck? What are some of the problems that have… Read more »

Zillow Breaks From Buying U.S. Homes

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According to Bloomberg, Zillow Group Inc. is taking a break from buying U.S. homes after the online real estate giant’s pivot into tech-powered house-flipping hit a snag. Questions: How many homes did Zillow acquire in the second quarter of this year? What happened to Zillow stock after this announcement on Monday, Oct. 18? How does… Read more »

Bitter Sugar in the South Dakota Tax Haven

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According to the Washington Post, money has flowed from the sugar fields of the Dominican Republic to the burgeoning tax haven of South Dakota. Questions: What company does the article refer to? What have been the allegations against these sugar producers and what do these allegations have to do with the tax haven story? How… Read more »

A New Way to Pay Less Tax (if you are rich).

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According to the New York Times, opportunity zones appear to be providing new ways for the wealthy to cut their tax bills rather than to the direct money to people who live in designated zones.  Questions Often, advertising combines opportunity zones tax breaks with other tax breaks. What are some of these? How many opportunity zones… Read more »

Have stolen money? London may be the place to put it!

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According to Nicholas Shaxson, the City of London is hiding the stolen money of the world. Questions: What is the name of the new data leak exposing financial dealings by more than 330 politicians and public officials from over 90 countries and territories? In your own words explain why the offshore financial ecosystem is so… Read more »

Ready to become a vegetarian? Might be a good time!

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According to Bloomberg, the Covid-19 outbreak has depleted America’s meat reserves, and new data from the U.S. shows they still haven’t recovered. Questions: What are all the forces surrounding COVID that created the perfect storm for this depletion? In other words, explain the factors at play to cause the shortages. What has happened specifically to… Read more »

Hiding in Plain Site

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According to Accounting Today, the IRS failed to spot $20.6M in bogus nonresident tax refunds in 2018. Questions: How many returns did this account for? In a short paragraph, explain how this happened. In a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), what recommendations were made for the improvement of IRS identification… Read more »