Shorter Excerpts (From A Work In Progress)

halleberiberi:

It’s like the episode of The Office when Dwight reads the children horrible stories.

(Source: fifthharmony)

ca-thar-si-s:

amandaonwriting:

Bookshelves as Stairs, Artists’ Residence, New York City

BSC Architects, Photographs: Andy Ryan

Rad!!!

Adding this to my “dream/won the lottery loft” design notes.

arrestedwesteros:

DEAD DOVE Do not Eat!
Top Banana - 1x02
submission by Austin Bridges

arrestedwesteros:

DEAD DOVE Do not Eat!

Top Banana - 1x02

submission by Austin Bridges

Still not sure when they’re going to officially open, but damn I love the kitchens in the new Ponce City Market apartments. (Though many of the rent prices seem a tad steep for a place with no pool. And oddly, “walking distance to Murder Kroger” doesn’t show up in the amenities list.)

Still not sure when they’re going to officially open, but damn I love the kitchens in the new Ponce City Market apartments. (Though many of the rent prices seem a tad steep for a place with no pool. And oddly, “walking distance to Murder Kroger” doesn’t show up in the amenities list.)

Companies paid an average effective federal tax rate of 12.6 percent in 2010, the last time the Government Accountability Office measured the rate. That compares with the nominal federal tax rate of 35 percent, so all those accountants appear to have done their jobs in exploiting the loopholes in our tax code.

The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Representative Dave Camp, a Michigan Republican, proposed a vast reform of our tax code this year, eliminating a lot of the Swiss cheese that makes it so porous and, arguably, unfair. Mr. Camp’s proposal, as you might imagine, isn’t gaining a lot of traction.

In recognition of Uncle Sam’s payday, it’s only proper to take note of some of the most egregious corporate tax loopholes and some unexpected beneficiaries.

■ For the last seven years, a debate has raged over the “carried interest” benefit taken by private equity and hedge fund executives. Instead of paying ordinary rates on much of their income — typically 35 percent for the highest bracket (39.6 percent for this tax year) — these executives pay the capital gains rate of 15 percent. It’s a clear loophole that is plainly unfair. Despite repeated efforts to repeal it, the loophole has remained, in part because of well-financed industry lobbying in Washington.

■ If individual taxpayers are arrested, admit guilt and reach a civil settlement with the government, they cannot deduct the costs from their returns. But amazingly, a company is allowed to claim those costs as a business expense. JPMorgan Chase, for example, which has agreed to pay billions of dollars in fines for various transgressions, can deduct a large portion — and all the legal expenses — from its taxes.

■ A tiny but symbolic loophole still persists. Companies that own aircraft can depreciate their planes more quickly than airlines — over five years instead of seven — and claim the deduction. In total, closing the loophole is worth $3 billion to $4 billion over a decade.

■ A much larger loophole involves the deduction of executive stock options by the company issuing them. Inexplicably, many of Silicon Valley’s newest star companies will be able to shelter a large portion of their profits as a result. Citizens for Tax Justice estimated late last year that a dozen technology companies, including Twitter, LinkedIn and Priceline, “stand to eliminate all income taxes on the next $11.4 billion they earn — giving these companies $4 billion in tax cuts.”

The New York Times, "Looking at Some Corporate Tax Loopholes Ordinary Citizens May Envy."

H&R cockblock.

(via inothernews)

Oh, and most of us could save money if the IRS filed simple tax returns for most taxpayers. But TurboTax and Co. wouldn’t get to pocket the $70 or so each from all of us if that happened so they are lobbying hard against it.

(via elvira)

k-presently:

luciwithani:

I WANT TO BELIEVE. 

Is it still shipping if they are real people and not fictional characters?

k-presently:

luciwithani:

I WANT TO BELIEVE. 

Is it still shipping if they are real people and not fictional characters?

Taxman
The Beatles/Revolver

jhollawanders:

Let me tell you how it will be…

(Source: dailybeatles)

thelifeguardlibrarian:

mildhorror:

Here’s the link for more information about the PS244 fundraising campaign

Here’s the link to the GIVE IT ALL TO ME Library Collection at OutofPrintClothing.com.

Check it out! The good folks dropped me a line about this project last week, and I’m happy to boost for Library Week.

(via paperbackgirl)

anneboleyns:

anneboleyns:

these stills of joffrey look like someone just said something really offensive

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(via myaffairwithnabokov)

abloodymess:

fyeahlilbit3point0:

clarknokent:

petitfemmenoir:

chocolatecakesandthickmilkshakes:

Hannibal Buress’ 5 Most Unintentionally Funny R&B Songs

dying

Lmao

Please watch this.

To watch later