Accountants Behaving Badly

Every year, “true crime” fans look forward to the IRS Criminal Investigation Unit’s annual report detailing their efforts to combat the cheats who don’t pay their share. This year’s edition is no exception, with dozens of entertaining stories about clever scammers who just . . . weren’t . . . clever . . . enough. You would think accountants would be the last group of people to try and game the system. That guy with the green bow tie in the H&R Block commercials? He wouldn’t even bend the rules, let alone break them. But the Criminal Investigation report reveals
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Bet They Didn’t Think About This!

Last week, a New York judge issued writs of habeas corpus on behalf of two chimpanzees named Hercules and Leo, currently living in a research lab at the State University of New York in Stony Brook. The next day, she walked back the scope of her ruling, emphasizing she was merely directing the university to appear in court. Still, the decision gives the chimps a day in court and possibly clears the way for them to move from the lab to a sanctuary in Florida. Animal rights activists were thrilled. Natalie Prosin, Executive Director of the Nonhuman Rights Project, told
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Guaranteed Loser

You’ve bought a lottery ticket or two in your time, right? The Powerball jackpot hits a kajillion dollars, and you realize you really can’t win if you don’t play. So you buy a ticket or two just to nurse that fantasy of champagne wishes and caviar dreams. Forget the reality that most lottery players never win, and even the ones who do make headlines usually seem to go bankrupt faster than a professional footballer who tears his ACL two games into his rookie season. Most people who buy lottery tickets really do want to win. In fact, a 2006 study
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Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

Every year, the IRS Criminal Investigations unit (IRS-CI) releases a surprisingly entertaining report detailing their efforts to protect the Treasury from scammers, fraudsters, and cheats. This year’s edition reveals that, due to budget cuts, activity is actually down. In 2014, IRS special agents initiated 4,297 criminal investigations (down 19.1% from 5,314 in 2013) and recommended 3,478 prosecutions (down 20.4% from 4,364 in 2013). There were 3,272 indictments and 3,110 convictions, which shows the IRS won’t take you to criminal court unless they’re pretty sure they can really nail you to the wall. And 80% of those who were convicted won
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The Tax Man Runneth

The 2016 presidential election is 20 months away. Sadly, for those of us who don’t watch C-SPAN for fun, that basically means it’s right around the corner. (Keep a sharp eye out for negative campaign ads, coming soon to a TV near you!) Candidates are already lining up donors and hustling voters in early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire. If it seems like some of them have been running since the end of the last election, it’s probably because they have. Americans like promoting military heroes to the White House. George Washington won the Revolutionary War and became
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Big News from Washington

Americans have been complaining about income taxes since the IRS unleashed the first Form 1040 on us back in 1913. Sure, we all hate paying them. But as the tax code has ballooned to twice the length of the Bible (with none of the good news), preparing them has become just as big a problem. As Albert Einstein once put it, “the hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” And if Einstein couldn’t wrap his enormous brain around those ridiculous Alternative Minimum Tax depreciation rules, what chance do the rest of us have? Today, House Ways
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Shocking News

This time of year, taxpayers across America are scrambling to put together their last year’s mileage records. First you’ve got to total up how many miles you drove for your trade or business. Then you’ve got to add up all the costs of operating your vehicle — depreciation, interest or lease payments, gasoline, maintenance and repairs, registration, and even your satellite radio bill. Then you’ll multiply those expenses by your “business use percentage” to calculate your actual deduction. (Are we having fun yet?) Alternatively, you can just take the IRS standard mileage allowance, which stands at 57.5 cents per mile
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007 for a Day

Who hasn’t wanted to be a spy at some point or another? Boys see their first James Bond movie, and they don’t want to be like 007 — they want to be 007. Girls learn how Mata Hari put her charms to work as a lethal double agent and think they can show the boys a thing or two. But sooner or later, most of us abandon that dream. And sadly, those job aptitude tests your high school guidance counselor makes you take rarely recommend “International Man of Mystery” as a career path. But now, you’ve got the chance to
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Crossing the Finnish Line

You know that sinking feeling. You’re driving down the road, minding your own business, when you see a cop’s “cherries and berries” flashing in your mirror. Then you look down at your speedometer, and realize he’s gunning for you. Sure, it’s a bummer. But it’s not that big a deal. The cop checks your license, registration, and proof of insurance. He runs your name through the computer to make sure there aren’t any outstanding warrants. Then he sends you on your way, a few bucks lighter and a few miles per hour slower. Well, they do things a little differently
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Why You Need To DECIDE

This excerpt is from book DECIDE: The Ultimate Success Trigger, by Author Jim Palmer, Your Dream Business Coach Deciding and moving forward, and taking corrective action if necessary, is one of the main traits that separate ordinary entrepreneurs from highly successful entrepreneurs. Deciding is the one thing that can trigger success like nothing else. Confidence comes from success, and success comes from moving forward. And moving forward faster comes from the ability (and confidence) to make fast decisions and implement them. As you read my blog posts, books, and watch Newsletter Guru TV and listen to Stick Like Glue Radio,
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Accountants Behaving Badly

Every year, “true crime” fans look forward to the IRS Criminal Investigation Unit’s annual report detailing their efforts to combat the cheats who don’t pay their share. This year’s edition is no exception, with dozens of entertaining stories about clever scammers who just . . . weren’t . . . clever . . . enough. You would think accountants would be the last group of people to try and game the system. That guy with the green bow tie in the H&R Block commercials? He wouldn’t even bend the rules, let alone break them. But the Criminal Investigation report reveals
Read More

Bet They Didn’t Think About This!

Last week, a New York judge issued writs of habeas corpus on behalf of two chimpanzees named Hercules and Leo, currently living in a research lab at the State University of New York in Stony Brook. The next day, she walked back the scope of her ruling, emphasizing she was merely directing the university to appear in court. Still, the decision gives the chimps a day in court and possibly clears the way for them to move from the lab to a sanctuary in Florida. Animal rights activists were thrilled. Natalie Prosin, Executive Director of the Nonhuman Rights Project, told
Read More

Guaranteed Loser

You’ve bought a lottery ticket or two in your time, right? The Powerball jackpot hits a kajillion dollars, and you realize you really can’t win if you don’t play. So you buy a ticket or two just to nurse that fantasy of champagne wishes and caviar dreams. Forget the reality that most lottery players never win, and even the ones who do make headlines usually seem to go bankrupt faster than a professional footballer who tears his ACL two games into his rookie season. Most people who buy lottery tickets really do want to win. In fact, a 2006 study
Read More

Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

Every year, the IRS Criminal Investigations unit (IRS-CI) releases a surprisingly entertaining report detailing their efforts to protect the Treasury from scammers, fraudsters, and cheats. This year’s edition reveals that, due to budget cuts, activity is actually down. In 2014, IRS special agents initiated 4,297 criminal investigations (down 19.1% from 5,314 in 2013) and recommended 3,478 prosecutions (down 20.4% from 4,364 in 2013). There were 3,272 indictments and 3,110 convictions, which shows the IRS won’t take you to criminal court unless they’re pretty sure they can really nail you to the wall. And 80% of those who were convicted won
Read More

The Tax Man Runneth

The 2016 presidential election is 20 months away. Sadly, for those of us who don’t watch C-SPAN for fun, that basically means it’s right around the corner. (Keep a sharp eye out for negative campaign ads, coming soon to a TV near you!) Candidates are already lining up donors and hustling voters in early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire. If it seems like some of them have been running since the end of the last election, it’s probably because they have. Americans like promoting military heroes to the White House. George Washington won the Revolutionary War and became
Read More

Big News from Washington

Americans have been complaining about income taxes since the IRS unleashed the first Form 1040 on us back in 1913. Sure, we all hate paying them. But as the tax code has ballooned to twice the length of the Bible (with none of the good news), preparing them has become just as big a problem. As Albert Einstein once put it, “the hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” And if Einstein couldn’t wrap his enormous brain around those ridiculous Alternative Minimum Tax depreciation rules, what chance do the rest of us have? Today, House Ways
Read More

Shocking News

This time of year, taxpayers across America are scrambling to put together their last year’s mileage records. First you’ve got to total up how many miles you drove for your trade or business. Then you’ve got to add up all the costs of operating your vehicle — depreciation, interest or lease payments, gasoline, maintenance and repairs, registration, and even your satellite radio bill. Then you’ll multiply those expenses by your “business use percentage” to calculate your actual deduction. (Are we having fun yet?) Alternatively, you can just take the IRS standard mileage allowance, which stands at 57.5 cents per mile
Read More

007 for a Day

Who hasn’t wanted to be a spy at some point or another? Boys see their first James Bond movie, and they don’t want to be like 007 — they want to be 007. Girls learn how Mata Hari put her charms to work as a lethal double agent and think they can show the boys a thing or two. But sooner or later, most of us abandon that dream. And sadly, those job aptitude tests your high school guidance counselor makes you take rarely recommend “International Man of Mystery” as a career path. But now, you’ve got the chance to
Read More

Crossing the Finnish Line

You know that sinking feeling. You’re driving down the road, minding your own business, when you see a cop’s “cherries and berries” flashing in your mirror. Then you look down at your speedometer, and realize he’s gunning for you. Sure, it’s a bummer. But it’s not that big a deal. The cop checks your license, registration, and proof of insurance. He runs your name through the computer to make sure there aren’t any outstanding warrants. Then he sends you on your way, a few bucks lighter and a few miles per hour slower. Well, they do things a little differently
Read More

Why You Need To DECIDE

This excerpt is from book DECIDE: The Ultimate Success Trigger, by Author Jim Palmer, Your Dream Business Coach Deciding and moving forward, and taking corrective action if necessary, is one of the main traits that separate ordinary entrepreneurs from highly successful entrepreneurs. Deciding is the one thing that can trigger success like nothing else. Confidence comes from success, and success comes from moving forward. And moving forward faster comes from the ability (and confidence) to make fast decisions and implement them. As you read my blog posts, books, and watch Newsletter Guru TV and listen to Stick Like Glue Radio,
Read More

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