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Feds: Plan to attack revelers in upstate New York thwarted

Posted on: December 31st, 2015 by admin

The Last (Most Expensive) Night of the Year

Posted on: December 31st, 2015 by admin
Surge pricing is in effect on everything from breadsticks to bar stools, as restaurants and nightclubs cash in on the premium that people will pay on New Year’s Eve.

Justice in Taxes, Most Likely Short-Lived

Posted on: December 31st, 2015 by admin
The average tax rate for America’s top 400 income earners rose in 2013, but tax analysts said the tax structure still overwhelmingly favors the very well-off.

North Pole sets record high

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 by admin
The North Pole is getting a taste of the warm late-December temperatures that have caused such havoc in the United States.

Muslims on Twitter Say They Have Better Things to Do Than Join ISIS

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 by admin
Play video games, see “Star Wars,” wash the dishes: Muslims respond to the Islamic State leader’s rallying cry with defiance, opposition and sarcasm.

More hat than cattle

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 by admin

Opening up, ASEAN-style

GRANDIOSE statements from the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) are the region’s Christmas crackers: they appear at regular intervals, create a commotion but contain little of substance. In November the leaders of the club’s ten members declared that the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)—a single market around which goods, services, capital and “skilled labour” are supposed to flow freely—would come into being on December 31st. So will South-East Asia’s 622m people wake up in a new world in 2016, or will the AEC prove another paper crown?

The answer probably lies somewhere in the middle. For one thing, much of the work towards economic integration has been done: by ASEAN’s reckoning, 79.5% of the measures the AEC involves have already been implemented. ASEAN already attracts large amounts of foreign investment, and its leaders have been talking up integration and regionalism since the organisation was founded in 1967. So the AEC represents less a radical change than an attempt to accelerate existing trends.

But anyone hoping that ASEAN is about to turn into an Asian…Continue reading

Thanks, Obama: Highest Earners’ Tax Rates Rose Sharply in 2013

Posted on: December 30th, 2015 by admin
A decline in tax rates of America’s wealthiest taxpayers, underway since the late 1990s, recently reversed course. It’s instructive to look at why.

Eagles Fire Kelly After Roster Moves Backfire and Team Misses the Playoffs

Posted on: December 29th, 2015 by admin
Philadelphia released Chip Kelly with a game to go in his third season as coach. His team was 6-9 headed into its finale against the Giants, after going 10-6 in each of Kelly’s first two years.

Another break for \’affluenza\’ teen?

Posted on: December 29th, 2015 by admin
Officials: Ethan Couch and his mother have been detained near Puerto Vallarta

Can firms be “socially responsible” while avoiding taxes?

Posted on: December 29th, 2015 by admin

PFIZER has always prided itself on its commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR). The drugs giant talks loftily about “embracing our responsibility to society”. It insists that it does as much as it can to make sure that the world’s poor can gain access to its products. It is particularly proud of the work that it does with NGOs and “other global health stakeholders” to strengthen and improve health-care systems. But this has not deterred it from seeking a gargantuan “tax inversion”. The company intends, as part of a $160 billion takeover of Allergan, to shift its tax domicile from America to Ireland, where Allergan is domiciled, and where corporate-income taxes are considerably lower. Pfizer’s shareholders no doubt rejoiced: in 2014 the company would have saved $1 billion of the $3.1 billion it paid to the US Treasury. But many Americans were outraged: Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, promised to impose an “exit tax” on companies that engage in such tactics.

A paper in the January issue of the Accounting Review suggests that Pfizer is far from unusual in trying to…Continue reading

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