High Costs to Comply with Sales Taxes

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According to a new survey as reported by Accounting Today, midsized businesses spend 163 hours per month on sales tax compliance, typically costing more than $17,000. Questions: Which industry had the highest total estimated costs per month? What percentage greater in the amount of time was spent by the retail industry as compared to the manufacturing… Read more »

Striketober

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According to the Washington Post, Striketober is upon us, with factory workers, nurses and school bus drivers among the thousands of Americans who walked off jobs in October. Questions: According to the article, what are some of the reasons for so much striking? Is there any linkage between the “Great Resignation” and the increased striking?… Read more »

The New Retirement Model

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According to the Washington Post, well-off Americans retiring early while balancing the economy with health concerns and drawing on federal stimulus funds, market gains, and equity from skyrocketing home values. Questions: What unusual trend is happening along with the early retirement course? When does Social Security allows most people to enroll for retirement payments? According… Read more »

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 »