Iron Fist Proves Marvel Sucks At Business As Much As DC

Iron Fist Proves Marvel Sucks At Business As Much As DC
A few years ago, The CW’s take on the Green Arrow sent my eyes rolling so hard they almost got stuck. That post is still over here, but to sum up the complain, an evil CEO used wizardry to change company stock into pixie dust. Or something like that. It made about that much sense. ...

Anatomy of a Sin Tax

Anatomy of a Sin Tax
What’s the purpose of a tax? This is a fundamental debate, yet it’s rarely examined beyond the surface mud slinging we see in a political fight. It comes down to two options, though: are we trying to raise money, or are we trying to influence behavior? The tax code is riddled with examples of both. ...

Planning a Brief Hiatus

Planning a Brief Hiatus
I think I’ve taken on one too many projects at the moment. I mean, work and family alone take up almost all my time at the moment, so it’s kind of amazing that I fit in this random tax blog anyway. But now I’m trying to finish a few other projects, and it’s getting to ...

Best Tax Pictures on Flickr

Best Tax Pictures on Flickr
While placed on an interminable hold with ThomsonReuters, I decided to check out Flickr for the best Creative Commons images that come up when you search for the word “tax.” Although the majority were pictures from protests (either for or against other people paying taxes), I was able to weed out a few that are ...

Out-Of-Office Email Deleter – Good or Bad?

Out-Of-Office Email Deleter - Good or Bad?
Ever since jumping out of the public accounting ship, email has started shifting from inundating flood to a genuine means of communication (though it still triggers bouts of PTSD from time to time). Public accounting email served as that electronic leash, rigged up to your smart phone as a constant reminder that your life is not ...

Accounting Puns Sure To Get You Groaned Out of the Party

Accounting Puns Sure To Get You Groaned Out of the Party
Accounting is Accrual Profession! Get it? Accrual sounds like “a cruel”? Yeah, I know, pretty bad. It’s one of those accounting puns that you’d expect Parks and Rec’s Ben Wyatt telling Barney Varmn and co. to side splitting laughter while the audience mentally thanks the guidance councilor who steered them away from accounting. My parents got me ...

The Problem With Economic Patriotism

The Problem With Economic Patriotism
President Barack Obama called for “economic patriotism” last week in response to the renewed focus on corporate inversion, the process where a company reincorporates in another country despite retaining near identical operations. I wrote a bit about corporate inversion a while back. This, however, is the first I’ve heard about “economic patriotism.” If you’re wondering ...

Exchanges, Halbig and Unintended Consequences

Exchanges, Halbig and Unintended Consequences
When I was young, my brother and I would hide our Battle Beasts, prepped to ambush whatever unwitting toy came by. Sometimes we would hide them a bit too well, never to find them again. We were always devastated by the loss. “We didn’t mean to lose them,” we’d think. “And we certainly won’t lose them ...

Quick Blog Update

Quick Blog Update
If anyone is curious, I am, at least for now, moving blog posts to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday format. Yes, it might mean I get .01 per day instead of .02, which might be hard to get by on (especially considering I’ll be struggling with only $2.92 per year after tax instead of $5.84), but I ...

Our Feeble Attempt to Stop Tax Inversion

Our Feeble Attempt to Stop Tax Inversion
“Showrooming” is a serious issue for big box retailers across the United States. I’m as guilty of it as the next person, going into Best Buy or Microcenter to see that new tablet in person before dropping several hundred dollars on the less expensive Amazon (but I would never illegally evade paying sales tax). Best Buy’s first response to ...