“Attempt what is not certain. Certainty may or may not come later. It may then be a valuable delusion,”the great painter Richard Diebenkorn counseled in his ten rules for beginning creative projects. “One doesn’t arrive — in words or in art — by necessarily knowing where one is going,” the artist Ann Hamilton wrote a generation later in her magnificent meditation on the generative power of not-knowing. “In every work of art something appears that does not previously exist, and so, by default, you work from what you know to what you don’t know.”
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Richard Phillips, The $767 Billion Money Pot Driving Tax Reform (Tax Justice Blog). “At the heart of this debate is the problem of corporations shifting their profits to foreign tax havens to avoid U.S. income taxes.”
Sam Brunson, Chuck Berry, Cash, and Taxes (Surly Subgroup):
Multiple accounts report that he demanded cash from concert promoters before he’d go onstage. There’s a lot of evidence that taxpayers who receive cash are much less likely to report it than taxpayers who receive payment by credit card, or even by check.Getting paid in cash doesn’t make it tax-free.
Of course, it may well be that receiving cash didn’t cause Berry to evade taxes; he may well have demanded cash in order to facilitate his tax evasion. Either way, though, his receipt of cash was a red flag; the IRS went after him and, days after performing for President Carter in the White House, he spentfour months in federal prison.
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