Devastating Blow to Graduate Researchers

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According to the New York TImes, Republicans in the House of Representatives have just passed a tax bill that would devastate graduate research in the United States. Questions: 1. What would be the result if universities try to cover the tuition that will now be taxed for graduate students? 2. How does the American public… Read more »

What would you do?

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According to the Washington Post, the residents of Presidio Terrace, which is an oval-shaped privately owned street commonly known as one of the most exclusive communities in San Francisco, learned the that someone could buy their entire street. Questions: 1. Why was it possible to own Presidio Terrace? 2. How many bidders did Ms. Lam… Read more »

From White House to the Big House?

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It was only a week ago that President Donald Trump was praising Caterpillar Co. for producing such great bulldozers, as he met with company Chairman Doug Oberhelman at the White House. Less than a week later, officials from the Commerce Department, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Illinois State Police moved in and… Read more »

Apple and Taxing Issues!

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This week, the European Union (E.U.) ordered Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in unpaid taxes from Apple. According to Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s commissioner for competition, Apple’s illegal deals with the Irish government allowed the company to funnel profit from two Irish subsidiaries to a “head office” with “no employees, no premises, no real… Read more »

I’ll have a Double Irish, Dutch Sandwich to go please

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In a remarkable tax maneuver, Google moved 10.7 billion euros (or $12 billion) through the Netherlands to Bermuda in 2014. As a result of this structuring, Google will earn most of its foreign income tax-free. Questions: 1. What is this tax strategy called and why? Why Bermuda? 2. Why has corporate tax avoidance risen to… Read more »

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs said it enforces tax rules impartially—regardless of a company’s size.

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Google has agreed to pay 130 million pounds (or about $185 million) in a tax settlement to U.K. authorities, where the British Labour Party criticizes the government’s handling of the case and the normal use of corporate tax strategy workarounds. Questions: 1. How far back in time does the settlement go to cover back taxes?… 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 »

Whistleblower in an Unusual Case

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According to Newsweek, David Danon, a former Vanguard tax lawyer, became a whistleblower two years ago when he filed formal complaints with the Internal Revenue Service and many state taxing agencies claiming that Vanguard’s low fees are an illegal tax dodge. Questions: 1. According to a 2006 law, how much could Danon stand to collect… Read more »

Like-Kind Exchange Being Challenged in the Art World

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According to Josh Baer, “You can defer millions of dollars of taxes,” with the like kind exchange for high-end art.Experts say the use of this tax break has expanded in response to surging prices for art and the rising number of savvy investors, often veterans of the real estate industry or Wall Street, who have… Read more »

Don’t speed in Finland!

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In Finland, speeding infractions fines are calculated according to income. This article notes that in Nordic countries, like Finland, many citizens believe that the rich people should pay more for the same offense if justice is to be served. Questions: 1. According to U.S. Tax laws, are speeding tickets tax deductible? 2. How much over… Read more »