Thursday, February 02, 2023

Tudge of Robodebt- Donziger: Assange Case a Fraud From A to Z

I don't care that they stole my idea . . I care that they don't have any of their own
~ Nikola Tesla

Chinese money-laundering gang is BUSTED in Australia: Designer clothes, luxury jewellery and lavish properties worth over $150million seized

The Magical Mossad Mystery Tour The Tablet

Turkey’s influence in Africa on the rise Andalou Agency. From 2021, still germane. Handy map

Donziger: Assange Case a Fraud From A to ZConsortium News

Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research: Working Paper, Measuring and Mitigating Racial Disparities in Tax Audits. Hadi Elzayn; Evelyn Smith; Thomas Hertz; Arun Ramesh; Robin Fisher; Daniel E. Ho; Jacob Goldin. Publication

Jeesoo Nam (USC; Google Scholar) presented Just Taxation of Crime: Should the Commission of Crime Change One's Tax Liability? at Indiana-Maurer last Friday as part of its Tax Policy Colloquium hosted by Leandra Lederman:

Jeesoonam1The tax law treats criminals differently from non-criminals. Should it? Under the public policy doctrine, for example, various tax deductions are disallowed if they are closely tied to criminal activity. Criminal activity is, in multiple ways, tax disadvantaged compared to non-criminal activity.

This Article considers a variety of possible justifications. (1) The tax disadvantage provides an incentive not to commit crime. (2) The tax disadvantage helps to bring deserved punishment to the criminal. (3) Criminals have given up their right not to be taxed. (4) Criminals have taken an unfair advantage and so must be stripped of that unfair advantage. (5) Criminals deserve to bear the costs that they culpably and wrongfully created.

A collaborative list curated by Francesco Zaffarano [with over 750 entries] – this is a global list and includes journalists and media across sectors who are posting on Twitter, LinkedIn, and TikTok. This project does not include those on Mastotodon

NIST AI 100-1 Artificial Intelligence Risk Management Framework (AI RMF 1.0) January 2023 – “…As directed by the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020 (P.L. 116-283), the goal of the AI RMF is to offer a resource to the organizations designing, developing, deploying, or using AI systems to help manage the many risks of AI and promote trustworthy and responsible development and use of AI systems. The Framework is intended to by voluntary, rights preserving, non-sector-specific, and use-case agnostic, providing flexibility to organizations of all sizes and in all sectors and throughout society to implement the approaches in the Framework

IMF urges Australia to restrict tax breaks for the family home

Treasurer Jim Chalmers is encouraged to to wind back capital gains tax breaks for the family home and to broaden the GST to ease the burden on workers paying income tax and boost the economy.

John Kehoe
John KehoeEconomics editor

The International Monetary Fund has urged Treasurer Jim Chalmers to wind back capital gains tax breaks for the family home and to broaden the GST, to pay for easing the tax burden on workers and increase the economy’s speed limit.

The local economy is tipped by the IMF to tread a “narrow path” to avoid recession but to expand at just 1.6 per cent this year, with unemployment forecast to edge up to 4 per cent because of rising interest rates and weaker consumer spending.


Housing tax breaks are under scrutiny. AFP

“Tighter financial conditions, erosion of real incomes amid high inflation, declining housing prices, and soft global growth point to a significant deceleration in Australia,” the IMF executive board said in its annual review of Australia.

To assist the Reserve Bank reduce inflation, the fund encouraged the Treasurer to further show fiscal restraint in the May budget by banking all revenue upgrades from high commodity export prices to repair the budget deficit.

The fund said the government’s review of the $35-billion-a-year National Disability Insurance Scheme should consider introducing co-payments or means testing to make it financially “sustainable” and avoid “crowding out” other worthy government spending.