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  • John Travolta stars in Scientology Night Fever

    11/01/2005 6:56:22 AM PST · by laney · 46 replies · 1,171+ views
    Religion News Blog ^ | November 1st, 2005
    Ever since the Church of Scientology's sprawling UK headquarters were located just three miles up the road, the sedate town of East Grinstead in Sussex has grown accustomed to life on the edge of a parallel universe. But nothing could have quite prepared it for the events of the past three days. First came reported sightings of Tom Cruise and his pregnant fiance'e, Katie Holmes, being chauffeured to Saint Hill Manor, the remote Georgian house which the Scientology founder, L Ron Hubbard, bought as his world base 45 years ago. Then John Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston, arrived at...
  • Fair Tax

    10/31/2005 7:16:58 AM PST · by Eaglewatcher · 261 replies · 2,067+ views
    Your Guide to U.S. Gov Info / Resources. ^ | 10/31/2005 | Is a 'Fair' Tax in America's Future?
    No more federal income tax... if bill passes If you thought the Flat Tax was a good idea that failed, you're going to utterly love the FairTax. The latest "let's dump the Tax Code" idea from Washington's wishful well of best intentions we call Congress, the FairTax bill would abolish all federal income taxes, death taxes, capital gains taxes, and payroll taxes and replace them with a national retail sales tax. No, there is not a space missing between Fair and Tax. FairTax is how Rep. John Linder (R-Georgia, 7th), sponsor of the Fair Tax Act of 2003 has chosen...
  • VANITYY: Will a Flat Federal Sales Tax Stop the Flood of Illegals?

    10/26/2005 3:54:15 PM PDT · by Jo Nuvark · 143 replies · 1,691+ views
    10/26/05 | Jo Nuvark
    Could we stop some of the abuse from illegal aliens by converting from an income tax that illegals avoid, to a federal sales tax that illegals cannot avoid? Many illegals from Mexico pay no taxes and send much of their income home. A federal sales tax could discourage the abuses and possibly stem the human flood.
  • Administrative Despotism

    10/24/2005 7:28:39 AM PDT · by Conservative Goddess · 42 replies · 1,061+ views
    Taken largely from Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville | October 22, 2005 | Conservative Goddess
    Written as a letter to my Congressman: This morning I found myself killing 5 hours near the nemesis of any bibliophile: a bookstore. After dropping my high school son at a state-mandated volunteerism session, I entered the Barnes and Noble on Route 30, ruminating on the many forms of modern day involuntary servitude. I meandered to the History section where a copy of Democracy in America, by Alexis De Tocqueville, caught my eye. At $27.00, it promised to provide entertainment at a rate of $5.40 per hour; a bargain by any other name. I write today to encourage you to...
  • A "Thank You" from Congressman John Linder ...

    10/19/2005 6:19:50 PM PDT · by pigdog · 16 replies · 718+ views
    Linder's Website ^ | Oct 18, 2005 | John Linder
    A "thanks" from John Linder ...
  • Tax Reform Flops You Want Real Change? Support the Fair Tax

    10/18/2005 12:08:34 PM PDT · by groanup · 14 replies · 671+ views ^ | October 18, 2005 | Editorial
    Tax Reform Panel Flops You Want Real Change? Support the Fair Tax 2005-10-18 Augusta Chronicle, The President Bush gave his tax advisory commission the mission of finding changes that would make the tax system simpler, less costly and foster economic growth. Although the panel's final report isn't due until Nov. 1, advocates of serious tax reform are repulsed by the tentative recommendations so far. Recent suggestions called for getting rid of the Alternative Minimum Tax - a desirable goal - by cutting back on popular tax deductions for home mortgage interest and tax-free employer-provided health insurance. That's not tax reform;...
  • Dissolve the President's Tax Reform Panel

    10/15/2005 12:45:23 AM PDT · by beyond the sea · 82 replies · 1,544+ views ^ | 10/14/05 | Neal Boortz
    When President Bush formed his President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform he charged that panel with developing a tax reform proposal that would achieve three principal objectives: 1. The proposal should simplify the Federal tax code so as to reduce the costs of tax compliance. 2. The proposal should promote home ownership and charitable giving. 3. The proposal should promote economic growth, job creation and encourage individual saving and investment while strengthening the competitiveness of the US in the global economy. We now have a clear indication of the proposals that will come from the president’s tax reform panel,...

    10/12/2005 8:39:34 AM PDT · by pigdog · 248 replies · 2,286+ views
    Neal's Nuze ^ | Oct. 12, 2005 | Neal Boortz
    TAX REFORM COMMISSION? YEAH ... RIGHT. The president's so-called tax reform commission telegraphed its intentions several months ago when members stated that they were not going to recommend a full reform of our federal tax system, rather they were going to recommend some incremental reforms. The The FairTax Book hit the book stores and debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller's list. Politicians and other Beltway denizens told co-author Congressman John Linder that the success of The FairTax Book was a certain indication that the people of this country were in the mood for wholesale reform. Who...
  • The American taxpayer speaks (does he ever!) to the Tax Panel.

    10/12/2005 3:44:33 PM PDT · by pigdog · 90 replies · 1,939+ views
    It may indeed by that the members of the Tax Panel, collectively, cannot read but there is no doubt that the American Taxpayer at large is giving that opportunity (AND IN SPADES). Here are the first few General Comments to them after their recent pontification that "reform" really is not needed, but just a bit of tinkering. All but about 6 or so comments have been included - some with "Subject" line where appropriate. Some are: funny, sad, biting, reflective, even discerning or not well informed. All are expressions of the American system. The Panel would do well to read...
  • President's Advisory Tax Panel July 20. 2005 meeting - partial transcript.

    10/09/2005 1:51:42 PM PDT · by pigdog · 22 replies · 368+ views
    President's Advisory Tax Panel website ^ | July 20, 2005 | Pressident's Advisory Tax Panel
    And, the last comment that I would make before I turn to Senator Breaux for his comments, I think it's fair to say that as we go through this process of developing a better system, better tax system for America, that there will be five areas in which -- five principles, if you will, that will focus our effort. The first is filing taxes will be straightforward and easy to understand. Point two, our tax system will be fair and transparent. Taxpayers will be able to understand their tax obligations, and have confidence that they and their neighbors are all...
  • Your Support needed for the Fair Tax Bill HR-25

    10/09/2005 6:24:50 AM PDT · by TaxFreeAmerica · 27 replies · 552+ views
    Brief by Author | 10-9-2005 | FreeTaxAmerica
    Your Support needed for the Fair Tax Bill HR-25 I have seen all the bogs writings and none of them are even close to getting the real priority that faces every American today. It’s not the accountability of some of our politicians or other outspoken nobodies, lobbyist, or world opinion of snake oil to pick a topic. The real test if facing all of you right in the face. Can America from the Grass roots take a hold of the most important piece of legislation of the 21 century? What is it? The “Fairfax” bill HR-25 before Congress. Do you...
  • Winners and Losers under the 'FairTax'

    09/28/2005 12:14:25 PM PDT · by hripka · 449 replies · 4,021+ views
    hripka | September 28, 2005 | self
    A change in a tax affects that area of the economy . . . and beyond. Taxes hurt whatever is taxed. Income taxes hurt income (production). Sales taxes hurt sales (consumption). Higher rates have higher effects. After having read "The FairTax Book: Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS" by Neal Boortz and Congressman John Linder, I realized that the 'FairTax' proposed by Boortz and Linder would change EVERYTHING. The 'FairTax' is not tax reform, it is tax upheaval. Since it taxes consumption instead of income, consumption WILL fall, and incomes WILL rise. All of the incentives (and...
  • Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Fair Tax Proposal

    04/20/2005 1:25:07 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 76 replies · 1,676+ views
    I know you're tempted not to read this article. I know this because there is nothing (except maybe an all-night marathon of Al Gore documentaries) more mind-numbingly boring than reading an article about taxes. Since my column on taxes is not competing as an alternative to "The Internet, Al Gore, & You," I must instead resort to begging each of you to indulge me for a brief moment of your time. I always thought that only grumpy old men cared about taxes. I vividly remember many days during my childhood, watching my Dad—normally as cool as a cucumber—emerge red-faced from...

    08/24/2005 9:40:44 PM PDT · by RobFromGa · 711 replies · 18,180+ views
    self | August 25, 2005 | RobFromGa
    August 24, 2005 U.S. Representative John Linder 1026 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 770-232-3005 Fax: 770-232-2909 Copy: Neal Boortz, WSB Radio, Dr. Dale Jorgenson, Harvard University Dear Representative Linder: I wrote to you two days ago regarding what I consider to be serious misrepresentations of the Fair Tax plan contained in your book, “The FairTax Book”. On page 2, you state “Let’s agree up front that this book is about honesty” and I intend to hold you at your word. Since that time, I have been in contact with Dr. Jorgenson in an attempt to clarify his...
  • FairTax Update -

    09/22/2005 12:29:37 PM PDT · by pigdog · 81 replies · 1,075+ views
    Nealz Nuze Archives ^ | September 20, 2005 | Neal Boortz
    FAIRTAX UPDATE There is no doubt that the story of H.R. 25, the FairTax, has been pushed into the background by the Katrina disaster, and perhaps that is as it should be. When hundreds of thousands of people are suffering as they are in the aftermath of Katrina, that is the story. The FairTax is, however, still on the minds of the political class in Washington DC. Congressman Linder tells me that the Republican leadership is more than impressed with the success of The FairTax Book. They have been receiving a steady stream of phone calls, emails, faxes ... and...
  • [RAMBLINGS] Bu's Views

    09/20/2005 5:50:29 AM PDT · by bu9418 · 351+ views
    Mark Bureau ^ | 9/20/2005 | Mark Bureau
    bureau's take on: The Fair Tax Bill, Newt in 2008? More....
  • Facts on Fair Tax show it's a great idea

    09/16/2005 5:15:32 PM PDT · by Man50D · 359 replies · 2,958+ views
    Tribune & Georgian ^ | 9/16/2005 | Jay Moreno
    Dear Editor, I've just read a new best-seller, which I highly recommend to you and your readers: "The Fair Tax Book, Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS." The co-authors are "reformed lawyer" and syndicated talk show host Neal Boortz, and Congressman John Linder, R-Ga. Linder is also the principal author/sponsor of The Fair Tax Bill (H.R. 25), currently before Congress. In the interest of brevity (the book is only 180 pages, by the way), I'll quote from the back of the dust jacket. "What the Fair Tax will do for America: eliminate the income tax and the...
  • Fair Tax - Straightening Out Some Confusion

    09/15/2005 7:03:21 AM PDT · by groanup · 438 replies · 5,688+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | 9/15/2005 | Neal Boortz
    THE FAIRTAX --- STRAIGHTENING OUT SOME CONFUSION When Congressman Linder and I were busy researching and writing The FairTax Book we knew full well that it would one day become the focal point for those opposed to this tax reform idea. We tried, therefore, to make sure that our numbers and claims were correct and consistent with the research that went into the drafting of HR 25. On review, and after reading the critiques of opponents to the FairTax plan, we have concluded that there is one element of the FairTax that could have been present with more clarity in...
  • Toward a Fairer Tax

    09/13/2005 12:16:56 PM PDT · by ancient_geezer · 13 replies · 426+ views
    Toward a Fairer Tax 2005-09-13 Augusta Chronicle, The Most criticisms of our tax code center on the fact that it's much too complicated, and it favors the wealthy at the expense of the poor. Criticism about the tax code's complexity is accurate, but it may come as a surprise to many that the part about exploiting poor people is nonsense. Despite the "tax cuts for the rich" President Bush passed early in his first term, the wealthiest Americans ended up carrying more of the federal tax load than ever before. According to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, up to 40 percent...
  • Just how fair is the 'FairTax'?

    09/07/2005 5:15:28 PM PDT · by Man50D · 270 replies · 2,784+ views
    Money.cnn ^ | 9/7/05 | Pat Regnier
    NEW YORK (Money magazine) - If you don't care much for talk radio, or you don't live in the South, the name Neal Boortz might not ring a bell. But pay attention: Around 4 million people nationwide catch his radio show. It's No. 1 in Boortz's home market of Atlanta and ranks first or second in numerous smaller cities in red states. His 180-page polemic for radical tax reform, The FairTax Book, made its debut at No. 1 on the New York Times' bestseller list in August. When Boortz came to Jacksonville for a book signing at a downtown hotel...
  • 50 Reasons I Support the FairTax

    09/02/2005 11:01:09 AM PDT · by pigdog · 285 replies · 3,615+ views
    President's Tax Panel - Comments | Spring 2005 | Kenneth J. Van Dellen
    Comment: 50 Reasons I Support the FairTax (How many reasons can you give for supporting the present IRS tax system?) Those Who Know the Facts Love the Fair Tax FairTax and Individuals and Families (Family-friendly tax reform)1. It allows workers to keep 100% of their pay, with nothing withheld the IRS or for Social Security and Medicare payments. 2. It is revenue neutral with the present income tax system, funding the federal budget at current levels. 3. It shifts the tax to consumption. Records show that consumption is more stable than income, therefore the tax revenue stream is likely...
  • What is the meaning of HR25, FairTax?

    08/27/2005 3:10:16 PM PDT · by Shamino · 45 replies · 1,220+ views
    HR 25, 2005 | 8-27-05 | Shamino
    I have a few questions for the FairTax experts to answer! Beyond section 1 of HR25, where it repeals the existing Income Tax legislation, after reading further into the bill...
  • A taxing idea (Imagine a world where Wal-Mart replaces the irs)

    08/28/2005 5:21:54 PM PDT · by Coleus · 189 replies · 2,090+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers ^ | 04.24.05 | Joan Verdon
    A taxing idea Tom Wright envisions a world with no IRS, where Wal-Mart, Target, Macy's and the rest of the nation's shopkeepers are the federal tax collectors. And he says close to 600,000 Americans agree with him, including political leaders with the clout to make it happen.Wright is the executive director of Americans for Fair Taxation (, a group backing legislation to replace all federal income, payroll and corporate taxes with a 30 percent national sales tax on all new goods and services. Supporters say the tax would free Americans from mountains of paperwork, eliminate loopholes and tax fraud, encourage...
  • Keep the cash with national sales tax

    08/26/2005 3:40:57 AM PDT · by Man50D · 393 replies · 2,569+ views
    The Sentinel Online ^ | 8/24/05 | Chris Bennett & Jeff Nimer
    This article is about taxes, which is, without question, the most boring subject in the known universe. So why even bother to bring it up? In an attempt to make April 15 just another beautiful spring day for all Americans, Georgia Congressman John Linder and his buddy, libertarian talk show host Neal Boortz, have devised a "fair tax" plan. This plan abolishes the IRS and income taxes in favor of a national sales tax, which, they say, will be about 23 cents to every dollar. Both sides of this issue have hotly debated how well this "fair tax" would work...
  • Kudlow: Flat Tax v. Fair Tax (Freep this Poll!)

    08/24/2005 2:32:21 PM PDT · by n-tres-ted · 18 replies · 830+ views
    CNBC ^ | August 24, 3005 | self
    Debate coming up this hour. Watch and freep poll. Which do you prefer: flat tax or Fair Tax? Fair Tax!!
  • NUMBER ONE ---- AGAIN!(The Fair Tax Book)

    08/18/2005 6:34:27 AM PDT · by GPBurdell · 454 replies · 2,909+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | 8/18/05 | Neal Boortz
    NUMBER ONE ---- AGAIN! The word came in yesterday afternoon. The FairTax Book will remain No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller's List for the second week in a row. Our editor at Regan Books told us yesterday afternoon that it is much harder to make this list the second week than it is the first. Needless to say, we're excited and gratified. Interview requests for Congressman Linder and myself are pouring in, and the crowds at the book signings remain strong. Our greatest hope is that the book generates a buzz and momentum of its own. Across the...
  • "The Fair Tax Book" New York Times #1

    08/11/2005 7:27:51 AM PDT · by GPBurdell · 65 replies · 2,145+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | 8/11/05 | Neal Boortz
    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU !!!! We got the word just as we were arriving at our Gainesville, Florida hotel. The FairTax Book will debut at No. 1 on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller's list. In a word .... unbelievable. Oddly enough, this list won't actually be published until September 21st. Go figure. Last winter I spent week after week doing my radio show, grabbing a sandwich for lunch, and then sitting down in front of the word processor and stacks of research to pound out my portion of this book. Congressman Linder was doing the same thing...
  • Fair Tax Support Gaining Momentum Quickly!

    08/09/2005 1:12:46 PM PDT · by Man50D · 582 replies · 3,803+ views
    Tom Wright, who is the Executive Director for the Americans For Fair Taxation announced on the Neil Boortz's radio show this afternoon that AFFT is adding approximatley 5,000 members each day since the FairTax Book was released!. One estimate put the total number of Fair Tax Volunteers prior to the Fair Tax book release at approximately 600,000. It will take slightly less than three months(400,000/5,000) to reach 1,000,000. We're on a roll!
  • Tax Reform: Now or Never(FairTax Endorsement)

    08/08/2005 5:20:29 PM PDT · by Man50D · 59 replies · 656+ views ^ | August 08, 2005 | Jan Larson
    As with the weather, a lot of people complain about the U. S. Tax Code, but few do anything about it. The reality is that the opportunity to do something about the tax code doesn't come around very often; maybe once per generation but now, in the year 2005, we have that opportunity. For the sake of all Americans and future generations of Americans, we must not squander this chance. The President made tax reform one of the main objectives for his second term. He has vowed to reform the tax code, to make it "pro-growth, simple and easy to...
  • A Fair Question about Fair Tax

    08/03/2005 4:51:43 PM PDT · by RobFromGa · 974 replies · 9,116+ views
    August 3, 2005 | RobFromGa
    A simple question... So, under the FairTaxI get to keep my whole paycheck, prices for everything I will buy will stay the same even with the taxes included, and I get a prebate check from the govt every month. And businesses pay no taxes. Where is the extra money coming from... What is wrong with this reasoning below? 1. Right now the government collects $X in the form of all taxes. 2. All taxes are really paid for by consumers in the end result, either directly, or in the cost of their purchases which allow businesses to collect money in...
  • Tax Reform

    08/03/2005 3:31:55 PM PDT · by pigdog · 50 replies · 685+ views
    The Mississippi Press. | August 2, 2005 | Charles Brooks, Copy Editor
    More From The Mississippi Press OPINION Fair Tax offers more freedom, more wealth Tuesday, August 02, 2005 Please do this experiment with me. Take a look at your last week's pay stub. See that nice big figure on top? O.K. I know it's customary to complain about salaries. See that relatively nice big figure on top? Now look at all the figures below that start eating away at your pay, leaving you with the hungry little number at the bottom. Draw a line through all those pay-stealing numbers and circle your gross pay in red. That's the amount you would...
  • Required Reading for the Tax Revolution

    08/02/2005 12:22:49 PM PDT · by phil_will1 · 143 replies · 1,479+ views
    FRee Market Project ^ | August 1, 2005 | Free Market Project
    FairTax would free markets, individuals from income tax. In “The FairTax Book,” Rep. John Linder (R-Ga.) and libertarian talk radio host Neal Boortz offer a witty and straightforward explanation of the political and economic consequences of making April 15 “just another day.” Published by Regan Books, it hits bookstores this week. And if tax reform is not a “hot” topic now, then give this book a month on the New York Times bestseller list for things to change. The FairTax is a bold idea to replace the income tax with a national sales tax. What’s so bold about it? Not...
  • Neil Boortz Fair Tax Appearances for August 3rd

    08/02/2005 5:44:51 PM PDT · by Man50D · 55 replies · 1,515+ views
    FYI everyone. Neal Boortz will appear Wedensday August 3rd on CNN/American Morning and FOX/Your World with Neil Cavuto to discuss the Fair Tax. I don't know what time American Morning airs or when he will appear during Neil Cavuto's show.
  • IRS Starts Team on Easement Abuses

    06/08/2005 9:52:30 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 4 replies · 395+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6/9/05 | Joe Stephens
    The Internal Revenue Service has established a team dedicated to tracking down abusive tax breaks claimed through conservation easements. The team is searching for patterns of abuse and for individuals who promote tax schemes related to land conservation, according to Steven T. Miller, the IRS commissioner for tax-exempt entities. "We are going to shine a searchlight in their direction, and will use all civil and criminal tools at our disposal to combat abuses," Miller said in written testimony presented yesterday at a Senate Finance Committee hearing. The hearing focused on a range of concerns. Many involved the Nature Conservancy, the...
  • Social Security: Migrants Offer Numbers for Fee (Aliens rent Social Security numbers to defraud US)

    06/08/2005 7:12:40 AM PDT · by JesseJane · 22 replies · 720+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 7, 2005 | EDUARDO PORTER
    [SNIP] Mr. Luviano, 39, obtained legal residence in the United States almost 20 years ago. [snip] Mr. Luviano is not using his Social Security number. So he is looking for an illegal [snip = alien]use it for him - providing a little cash along the way. [snip] "It is seen as a normal thing to do," said Luis Magaña, an immigrant-rights activist assisting farm workers in the agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley of California.[snip] [snip]Many legal immigrants, [SNIP] pad their earnings by letting illegal immigrants work under their name and number, they also enhance their own unemployment and pension benefits. And...
  • Sen. Kennedy Makes Tax Gaffe

    05/10/2005 5:51:38 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 64 replies · 1,836+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/10/05 | AP
    A published report says Senator Ted Kennedy has received tax breaks on his Washington home, even though he does not qualify for the deduction. Kennedy's staff tells the Boston Herald that the senator never applied for the tax break and apparently received it in error. A spokeswoman says Kennedy plans to reimburse the District of Columbia government for the money. A review of tax and real estate records by the Kansas City Star found that Kennedy was one of 22 senators who took the so-called Homestead Exemption in 2003 and 2004. But the deduction is meant only for homeowners who...
  • Report: Baseball looking into Bonds' relationships and activities

    05/07/2005 9:30:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies · 1,283+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/7/05 | AP - NYC
    NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball is looking into Barry Bonds' relationships and activities, according to a report in the New York Daily News. Citing anonymous baseball sources, the newspaper reported in its Sunday editions that baseball security officials believe Bonds might be at risk of conviction over allegations of tax fraud. The San Francisco Giants outfielder, who has been at the center of baseball's steroid's scandal, has yet to play this season as he recovers from knee surgeries. The most recent Bonds controversy involves him using his own doctors and trainers to treat his injured right knee. The...
  • N.C. seeks better control of grant funds

    04/19/2005 4:36:36 AM PDT · by TaxRelief · 2 replies · 188+ views
    Charlotte Observer exclusive (Subscription) ^ | April 18 2005 | MARK JOHNSON Raleigh Bureau
    RALEIGH - More than half of the nonprofit organizations required to account for how they spent millions in state dollars last year had failed to do so by March 31, according to an analysis by the state auditor's office. (snip) North Carolina awarded $580 million in grants last year to 3,000 nonprofit groups. More than 1,800 of those groups received a big enough check from the state that that they are required to file financial reports or audits, but auditors won't know how it was all spent for another year.
  • Charities used as tax dodges, IRS chief says; Many nonprofits, donors profiting through loopholes

    04/05/2005 9:39:29 AM PDT · by Liz · 33 replies · 752+ views
    COPYRIGHT 2005 The Washington Post Company ^ | April 5, 2005 | Albert B. Crenshaw
    Charities and other nonprofits exempted from taxes because they serve a public purpose have become a hotbed of tax evasion and abuse, according to the head of the Internal Revenue Service. "We can see that tax abuse is increasingly present in the sector," and unless the government takes effective steps to curb it, such organizations risk "the loss of the faith and support that the public has always given to this sector," Internal Revenue Commissioner Mark W. Everson said in a letter to the Senate Finance Committee detailing abuses his agency has found. Everson said that the IRS is finding...
  • IRS May Consider EBay Sales Taxable Income

    03/28/2005 12:02:48 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 164 replies · 4,546+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | March 28th, 2005 | Mary Dalrymple - AP Tax Writer
    WASHINGTON - Hawking baby and children's clothes — along with some garage sale and thrift store bargains — on eBay helps Sunni Wojnarowsky bring in some extra money so she can afford to stay home with her two young boys. The additional dollars are great, but does she really need to hassle with the paperwork and report her small profit to the Internal Revenue Service (news - web sites)? Her question, posed to the online auction site's discussion board for sellers, generated much advice — and more confusion. In tax law, there is no clear, bright line that separates fun...
  • Imus charity questioned

    03/24/2005 6:54:23 AM PST · by finnman69 · 28 replies · 1,752+ views
    cnn ^ | March 24, 2005
    Imus charity questioned WSJ: Cost of bringing sick children to ranch run by radio talk show host getting a look. Talk show host Don Imus blasted The Wall Street Journal for a story questioning the costs incurred by his Imus Ranch charity. NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Radio host Don Imus is facing criticism from the Wall Street Journal Thursday for the costs incurred by his charity that brings sick children to his ranch for visits. The paper, quoting the filings of Imus' charity, reports that it spent $2.6 million in 2003 and $2.7 million in 2002 to bring 100 children...
  • Millionaire Sentenced to 1 1/2 Years for Tax Fraud; Had Come Under Fire for Violin Sale

    03/22/2005 11:57:20 AM PST · by Indy Pendance · 3 replies · 364+ views
    AP ^ | 3-22-05 | Bonnie Pfister
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A millionaire who came under fire for taking a big tax writeoff after selling rare musical instruments was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison Monday as part of a plea deal in an unrelated tax case. Herbert Axelrod also must pay a $40,000 fine for helping a former employee file a fraudulent federal tax return, a charge to which he pleaded guilty in December. As part of his plea agreement, Axelrod also must file a new 2003 tax return, taking no deduction for the sale of 30 stringed instruments to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra....
  • Tax Case Defendant Says Money Was to Do Good - Telecom Investor Held in D.C. Jail

    03/05/2005 10:10:19 PM PST · by anymouse · 6 replies · 388+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 4, 2005 | David S. Hilzenrath, Carol D. Leonnig and Yuki Noguchi
    Jailed and held without bond in the nation's largest alleged personal tax-evasion scheme, telecom investor Walter Anderson says the federal government has got it all wrong. He isn't a tax cheat, he said Wednesday night in a conference room at the D.C. jail. He was going to use the money to change the world. To fight for arms control and human rights. To promote family planning and space exploration. He was going to give the money away, starting next year. (snip) Yesterday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay ordered Anderson held at the D.C. jail until a March 11 hearing. He...
  • Ex-IRS agent gets jail for tax scam

    03/05/2005 6:23:12 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 21 replies · 670+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 3/5/2005 | Pamela Manson
    A former IRS agent who once helped catch tax cheats will join some of them behind bars. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart sentenced former Utahn Marissa Hyde to three months incarceration and three months of home confinement for telling clients of her tax preparation business how to cheat the Internal Revenue Service. The judge also ordered her to pay a $5,000 fine. "This is not a small matter," the judge said in rejecting a defense request to sentence Hyde to probation. Hyde, 43, who now lives in Overland Park, Kan., and is studying to be a nurse, said...
  • Art Collector is Charged in Record Offshore Tax Fraud Case

    03/01/2005 1:28:46 PM PST · by anymouse · 6 replies · 608+ views
    Financial Times (UK) ^ | February 28 2005 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    An American businessman alleged to have hidden nearly half a billion dollars in earnings in offshore accounts has been arrested by US authorities and charged with tax evasion, obstructing the Internal Revenue Service and fraud. It is the biggest criminal tax fraud prosecution in US history. Walter Anderson, a telecommunications entrepreneur who used the pseudonym Mark Roth, was arrested on Saturday at Washington's Dulles airport after arriving from London. He was charged with evading more than $200m in taxes over five years and faces up to 80 years in prison if found guilty. He reportedly pleaded innocent. An art collector...
  • Convention Center Comes Tumbling Down

    12/18/2004 8:58:40 PM PST · by crushelits · 4 replies · 539+ views ^ | Sunday, December 19, 2004 | Manny Fernandez
    Convention Center Comes Tumbling Down In the end, the demise of the old Washington Convention Center resembled more of a deflation than an implosion -- the squat structure, at its tallest roughly the equivalent of a four-story building, didn't have far to fall. It died about 7:30 a.m. yesterday in a roughly 20-second ballet of crackling explosives, toppling walls and a large cloud of dust that marked the spot where on Dec. 10, 1982, city officials had hosted a grand opening reception. This time, Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) presided over a gathering at the newer, flashier convention center a...
  • Nanny Sues Imus Over Ranch Wrangle (Toy gun, tiny knife triggered woman's firing by radio star)

    11/30/2004 10:49:12 AM PST · by new cruelty · 186 replies · 10,286+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | NOVEMBER 30
    NOVEMBER 30--A New York woman who briefly worked as a nanny for Don Imus has sued the radio host for wrongful termination, claiming she was canned for bringing a harmless cap gun and pocketknife with her during a trip last Thanksgiving to the family's sprawling New Mexico ranch. Nichole Mallette, 24, also claimed in her New York State Supreme Court lawsuit, a copy of which you'll find below, that she was defamed when Imus later announced on his program that he had been forced to "disarm" his nanny, whom he labeled as dangerous and a "terrorist." In her complaint, filed...
  • School of the Arts Audit Detailed [NC - Public College Administrators' wanton embezzelment]

    11/16/2004 3:13:44 PM PST · by TaxRelief · 8 replies · 560+ views
    Carolina Journal Exclusive ^ | November 16, 2004 | By Jon Sanders
    Carolina Journal Exclusives School of the Arts Audit Detailed Investigation finds "wilful, deliberate, and intentional" violations of state law RALEIGH - High-level administrators at the North Carolina School of the Arts engaged in "willful, deliberate, and intentional" violations of state law in what State Auditor Ralph Campbell described as "similar to the debacle at Enron." Campbell said the findings at the NCSA were as serious as any his office had uncovered previously. Among the findings of the State Auditor's Investigative Audit Division were: state and NCSA-affiliated foundation funds used to make car lease payments and country club dues for NCSA...
  • IRS agent admits helping dancers for sexual favors

    09/28/2004 12:34:39 PM PDT · by Michael Goldsberry · 75 replies · 1,806+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Associated Press
    IRS agent admits helping dancers for sexual favors Associated Press AUSTIN - An Internal Revenue Service employee pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges in connection with a scheme to trade IRS information for sexual favors from three topless dancers who needed help with federal tax problems. Charles G. Herndon, a tax examining technician at the IRS center in Austin, pleaded guilty to a felony count of making a false statement in IRS records, a felony count of disclosure of tax information, a felony count of unlawful solicitation by an IRS employee and six misdemeanor counts of unauthorized computer access. Herndon...
  • Couple indicted in tax fraud case (TEXAS)

    09/20/2004 6:11:39 PM PDT · by Dubya · 14 replies · 393+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | Sep. 20, 2004 | Toni Heinzl
    FORT WORTH - A school district employee and her partner in an Arlington business were named Friday in a nine-count federal indictment accusing them of conspiring to obstruct tax collections by the Internal Revenue Service from 1999 until 2001. Bivian Brumley and Charles Ford, who represented themselves as husband and wife, ran Assets Trusts & Associates, which marketed a tax-evasion scam, prosecutors said. They said Brumley and Ford advised clients to drop out of the federal income tax system by falsely claiming nonresident-alien status. Ford and Brumley charged $400 to $1,000 to help clients falsely file IRS W-4 forms to...