If, as Dr Johnson said, a man who is not married is only half a man, so a man who is very much married is only half a writer (blogger). Marriage can succeed for an artist only where there is enough money to save him from taking on uncongenial work and a wife who is intelligent and unselfish enough to understand and respect the working of the unfriendly cycle of the creative imagination. She will know at what point domestic happiness begins to cloy, where love, tidiness, rent, rates, clothes, entertaining and rings at the doorbell should stop, and will recognise that there is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hallLike most writers, I’ve long since lost count of the number of rejections I’ve received. Rejections for written pieces (“This does not suit our needs at this time.”), rejections at job interviews (“You’re very intelligent and seem like you would be an asset, but we’ve decided to hire someone else.”), and even rejections in my personal life (“You’re a sweet guy, J.S., and I like you a lot, but…”). Rejections for this, that, and the other thing. If there’s one thing I know really, really well, it’s rejection *10 Benefits Of Rejection That Will Surely Impress You
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Thanks to ICIJ ATO now recruits executives for new tax avoidance taskforce hunting tax cheats multinationals
News from the Profession. The Accounting Firm Dress Code Revolution Rolls On (Caleb Newquist, Going Concern). I knew that allowing people to stop wearing hats was the first step down a slippery slope.
Russ Fox, Identity Thief Gets 17 1/2 Years. Good, but it would be better if the IRS wouldn’t leave the store door open and the cash register unlocked when it goes home at night.
Panama Papers: Behind Malcolm Turnbull’s deal for a tax haven payout Australian Financial Revie
"Former Qwest CEO Nacchio Wins $18 Million Tax Refund Ruling In Court": Denver's CBS4 hadthis report back in April 2015.
The TaxProf links to a post by a tax prof asking “Should Companies Be Required To Include Their Effective Tax Rate On Consumer Labels?” As soon as the government does the same with every “benefit” they give you with some of your own money. Fair’s fair.
In the old days, when lawyers representing the U.S. Department of Justice were found to have lied, an Attorney General might have ended their service. We’re not in the old days any more [Michael Greve] As related in an earlier post, Judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District of Texas federal court, after concluding that federal lawyers had chosen to hide relevant facts in litigation challenging President Obama’s DAPA immigration initiative, ordered them to take ethics classes in a scathing opinion; his order has variously been criticized for possibly exceeding his jurisdiction, and for being insufficiently stringent to deter future misconduct by the Department’s lawyers.
Ira Stoll recalls a verse from Exodus — translated in the New Berkeley Version of the Christian Bible as “Heap no abuse upon judges” — and notes that the temptation to excoriate judges over unwelcome rulings knows no place or era. Ken White at Popehat pens an explainer, “Is there anything unusual about Judge Curiel’s orders in the Trump University case?” Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales kinda-sorta defends the propriety of litigants’ blasting judges, though in a left-handed way (“if I were a litigant who was concerned about the judge’s impartiality, I certainly would not deal with it in a public manner as Trump has, because it demeans the integrity of the judicial office and thus potentially undermines the independence of the judiciary, especially coming from a man who could be president by this time next year.”), drawing a response from Cassandra Robertson via Jonathan Adler. Eugene Volokh examines the no-not-even-close-on-current-evidence case for Curiel’s recusal. Earlier on the controversy here.
Meanwhile, journalists in Detroit have been recalling the story of the flamboyant, litigious, floppy-haired millionaire populist known for his willingness to insult judges and everyone else, who shoved aside the conventional pols to capture a major party nomination. Of course I’m referring to the 1998 run for governor of Michigan of attorney Geoffrey Fieger, a longtime Overlawyered favorite [Deadline Detroit, Zachary Gorchow/Gongwer]
The Adam Smith Institute published a blog last night that was headed: (Tax Avoidance)
On its surface, Jesus’ Parable of the Talents is a simple story with four key plot elements: (1) A master is leaving on a long trip and entrusts substantial assets to three servants to manage during his absence. (2) Two of the servants invested the assets profitably, earning substantial returns, but a third servant — frightened of his master’s reputation as a hard taskmaster — put the money away for safekeeping and failed even to earn interest on it. (3) The master returns and demands an accounting from the servants. (4) The two servants who invested wisely were rewarded, but the servant who failed to do so is punished.
Bainbridge, Stephen M., The Parable of the Talents (May 31, 2016). UCLA School of Law, Law-Econ Research Paper No. 16-10. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2787452
News Release, FASAB Issues Exposure Draft On Tax Expenditures:
- NY Times: How the Tax Law Subsidizes Private Art Collections of the Rich and Famous (Jan. 10, 2015)
- NY Times: Tax Status Of Museums Questioned By Senators (Nov. 30, 2015)
Russ Fox, If You Want to Go to ClubFed… “…The simplest, fastest, and easiest method (via the tax world) is to withhold employment taxes and not remit them to the IRS. This is always investigated.”
Chris Coltrane on tax avoidance, and why it’s bad
Allison Christians (McGill), While Parliament Sleeps: Tax Treaty Practice in Canada, 10 J. Parl. & Political L. 15 (2016):
Wall Street Journal, IRS Says Fines Paid to Finra Aren’t Tax-Deductible: