Monday, August 08, 2016

“Taxman” at 50 The Beatles' hit song ...

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
~ Abraham Lincoln

We know the ATO is a dynamic organisation, but Commissioner Jordan sure is keeping us on our toes. On Tuesday afternoon, without notice, Second Commissioner Geoff Leeper submitted his resignation, and it was accepted. Commissioner Jordan moved promptly to fill the vacancy temporarily, escalating First Assistant Commissioner Frances Cawthra from her role as Chief Finance Officer to acting Second Commissioner, at least until October 2016. Just as well the Public Service Commissioner’s Directions were changed to allow appointment to higher duties of no longer than 6 months without going through a merit process (the previous limit was 3 months).
ASU farewell to Second Commissioner Leeper

“Taxman” at 50

The Beatles' hit song Taxman has just turned 50; it was released August 5, 1966 in the U.K. Taxman, written primarily by George Harrison, famously includes the lyrics "Let me tell you how it will be There's one for you, nineteen for me Cos I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman Should five per … Continue reading 

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"Court: IRS needs to prove it isn't targeting conservative groups." Wesley Bruer of has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued on Friday.

 "The crusade of a Democratic superlawyer with multimillion-dollar backing": Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has an article that begins, "After a lopsided string of court victories knocking down state voting restrictions, Democratic superlawyer Marc E. Elias was literally flying high last week in his pursuit of other Republican-initiated voting laws he says hurt his party's most loyal constituencies."

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