A Change in the Collection of Sales Tax

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According to Slate, the Supreme Court dragged a bit of American tax law into the 21st century when they ruled that states could force all online retailers to collect sales taxes, even if they lack a physical presence there. Questions: 1. Do you think the ruling will change buying habits? Explain. 2. What case was… Read more »

A Not-for-Profit Billion Dollar Business

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As the incident of the recent separation of some 2,300 migrant children from their families unfolded, we learned that the nonprofit, Southwest Key Programs, won more than $1 billion in federal contracts since 2015 to run shelters and/or provide other services to immigrant children in federal custody. Questions: 1. About how many contractors operate more… Read more »

Change is coming

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Change is coming for a small but blooming corner of the marijuana industry. Questions: 1. What is CBD? 2. Why will regulation change the industry? 3. What are some of the legal grey area with unregulated products? 4. What was the most interesting part of this article for you? Source: Brodwin, E. (2018). There’s a… Read more »

A Toast to Howard Schultz – Coffee That Is!

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Howard Schultz is stepping down as executive chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Starbucks and will be honored with the title of chairman emeritus effective June 26, 2018. Questions: 1. How long has he been CEO and Chairman? 2. Briefly summarize what his tenure has meant for the company? 3. What is… Read more »

What is Farm Fraud?

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Brad A. McIntyre, 35, of Bastrop, La., was sentenced on one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, five counts of mail fraud and four counts of money laundering related to engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity via farm fraud. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release… Read more »

For the “Can’t Believe it Happened” File

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Alleged postal thief mastermind Dushaun Henderson-Spruce orchestrated the theft of thousands of pieces of mail from a global corporation, including corporate American Express cards, business checks and invoices, and rerouted them halfway across the country. Questions: 1. How did he do it? 2. How long did the scheme last? 3. What internal control could have… Read more »

Growing your own mystery meat!

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According to Reuters, Tyson Foods (TSN.N), the largest U.S. meat processor, has invested in an Israeli biotech company developing a way to grow affordable meat in a laboratory that takes live animals out of the equation. Questions: 1. What does the technology focus on in order to provide the same texture as meat? 2. How… Read more »

Now you see it, now you don’t…Presto!

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According to Axios, there was a 17% drop in international students in the U.S. last year, mostly due to the 28% decline in Indian students and a 24% decline in Chinese students receiving visas. Questions: 1. Is the trend in international students attributable to President Trump’s immigration policy changes and rhetoric? Explain. 2. What are… Read more »

Dog Rescue

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According to the Washington Post, an effort that animal rescuers began more than a decade ago to buy dogs for $5 or $10 apiece from commercial breeders has become a nationwide shadow market that today sees some rescuers, fueled by Internet fundraising, paying breeders $5,000 or more for a single dog. Questions: 1. Why do… Read more »

Hidden Blacklist

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According to Politico, the new tax law includes a little-noticed blacklist barring people working in certain fields, and earning more than $157,500, from claiming a new 20 percent deduction for unincorporated businesses called pass-throughs. Questions: Why did the Congressmen decide that pass-throughs should be limited? Who ultimately gets to make the decision? According to Acting IRS… Read more »