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Archive for July 22nd, 2003

Interesting Feedback

Posted by taxguru on July 22, 2003

As happened the last time FoxNews.com featured my blog, the response has been quite heavy. Depending on the topics discussed and the number of individual emails I receive, I may be able to respond directly or, more likely, will use the incoming comments as the starting points for future articles.

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Posted by taxguru on July 22, 2003

Redefined Benefits (link to article expired) – Un and under-funded pension accounts and other accounting tricks make future benefits not as dependable as most people would like.

Don’t Sweat the Deficit. That is, if spending restraint emerges.

Guess Who Hates Taxes In New York? – Sometimes stereotypes can be misleading.

Dare to Live Dangerously: Passing On Some Insurance Can Pay Off (link to article expired) – Risk management; deciding whether it’s better to self insure or pay premiums to someone else, is a kind of gamble we all do in various ways.

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Posted by taxguru on July 22, 2003

You’ll never know how many “friends” and family members you have until you come into a financial windfall.

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Posted by taxguru on July 22, 2003

Unfortunately, the actual reality is that having taxes taken out ahead of time creates more of an “out of sight, out of mind” situation. By the time next April 15 rolls around, this guy will have completely forgotten how much he has paid in for taxes and will consider it some kind of victory when he receives some of his own money back as a refund. The best reality check for increasing awareness of the tax burden would be for everyone to have to write a check to IRS; ideally about a week before Election Day.

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Posted by taxguru on July 22, 2003

Thanks to FoxNews.com for selecting this blog to be featured on their site again this week. It’s an honor. I’m not a big fan of traveling; but I would be willing to drive up to the Springfield, Missouri Fox affiliate to go on air and discuss any of the tax or financial topics covered here.

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Posted by taxguru on July 22, 2003

Waste Not, Deficit Not. A key congressman wants the government to stop throwing money away. – One out of 535 isn’t going to make a big dent in the out of control spending; to say nothing of a president who is an even worse spendaholic.

Senate GOP Makes Move on Higher Welfare Payments To Non-Taxpayers

Wall Street Settlements For Dummies – More of the growing victimology in this country. Nothing we do is our fault. Just claim you were too stupid to know that you could lose money in the stock market, and you may be entitled to a settlement.

Russert Rails Against Deficit, Then Demands More Spending – In typical DemonRat economics, all government spending is good and all tax cuts are evil.

Money doesn’t mean happy parenting

Careful, Your Bank Is Watching (link to article expired) – People normally associate Big Brother with the government; but many businesses have more intrusive capabilities than any government agency.

Hotel Guests Are Asked to Pay Higher Charges for Amenities (link to article expired) – Travelers are desirable targets for exploitation by companies, as well as by local governments with their growing tourist taxes. The double whammy of having higher hotel bills will be the extra taxes that are based on the higher underlying charges.

Wall Street Plays Numbers Game With Earnings, Despite Reforms (link to article expired) – There are still a lot of creative approaches being used by corporate accountants.

Independence of Directors Is Elusive Goal of Reform (link to article expired)

Critics Say Sarbanes-Oxley Law Hobbles Stocks, Chills Risk Taking, but Upshot Is Less Dramatic (link to article expired)

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Posted by taxguru on July 22, 2003

Before white collar crime as we know it today. It’s a different take on “the pen is mightier than the sword.”

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