Remote Work has Consequences for Taxes

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According to the New York Times, if you decided to ride out the pandemic at your out-of-state vacation house or with your parents in the suburbs, you may be in for an unpleasant reality: a hefty tax bill. Questions: What are the rules if you work in one state and live in another? Is there… Read more »

More Easing of the Rules

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More easing of the rules The Food and Drug Administration has temporarily loosened labeling and information rules for food manufacturers for the fifth time during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Questions: Why were the rules eased and what do advocacy groups fear? What rules were eased? According to the article, what type of food disruption have led to… Read more »

What a Time to be Offline!

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According to BusinessInsider.com, Robinhood, a millennial favorite stock app, was offline for iPhone and Android users during the entire day, when the Dow made its biggest point gain ever. Questions: What do millennials see as the benefit of Robinhood? By how many points did the Dow Jones industrial average rise on Monday after the horrible… Read more »

Trump may owe more fines

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According to the Guardian,  if Trump Tower and other Trump sites do not cut emissions, the Trump Organization will owe $2.1m a year from 2030. Questions: How many Trump properties in New York City do not comply with new regulations designed to slash greenhouse gas emissions? Which body passed these fines? What will be required… Read more »

You’re never too old for foster care!

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The Veteran’s Administration (VA) has a new program that provides housing and care for veterans for an alternative to nursing home care for those who cannot live safely on their own. Veterans pay their caregivers $1,500 to $3,000 a month, depending on location, saving the government about $10,000 a month in nursing home care. Questions:… Read more »

A New Way to Raise Money

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Interestingly, some entrepreneurs are following a new path, which avoids venture capital pitches or crowd funding. In this quest, before they even have a working product, they are creating their own digital currencies and selling so-called coins on the web, which sometimes raises them tens of millions of dollars in a matter of minutes. Questions:… Read more »

More Bad Uber Press

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According to the New York Times, over the last several years, Uber has engaged in a worldwide program of deceit aimed at keeping authorities in the dark regarding markets where the low-cost ride-hailing service violated regulations or avoided laws. This has occurred through actually banning ridership for authorities. Questions: 1. How did they accomplish this… Read more »

Not all retirement plans are equal!

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According to the New York Times, millions of Americans — public school teachers, clergy members, employees of religious institutions or nonprofits, and some charities — are not offered 401(k)’s; instead they typically must rely on what are known as 403(b) plans, many of which are more lightly regulated. Questions: 1. Briefly summarize why public school… Read more »

Don’t Try this At Home!

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In a memorable episode of Seinfeld, two characters hatch a plot: instead of returning bottles in New York for a 5-cent refund, they round up a load of containers and run them to Michigan, where the return is double, at 10 cents each. Now Brian Everidge is accused of attempting to “return” more than 10,000… Read more »

Be sure to remember your server!

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According to the Washington Post, after a change in tax rules last year, the auto-gratuity added to the bill of large parties at restaurants is on its way out. Questions: 1. What is the new rule that the Internal Revenue Service imposed on restaurants that led to this change? 2. How does this change lead… Read more »