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  • The drunken pigeons of Waiheke Island

    By Gina Nahai

    June 1, 2016 | 3:12 pm

    There’s a bird native to New Zealand called the kereru, a larger than usual pigeon with a green-and-purple head, neck and wings, and a healthy-size white breast, that gets high on its own fumes. In warm weather, it gorges on berries till it can barely move, then sits in the sun to...

  • Supermodel Bar Refaeli is under investigation for tax evasion in Israel

    December 17, 2015 | 10:03 am

    Supermodel Bar Refaeli is under investigation in her native Israel over allegations that she evaded paying local tax on earnings from her international career. 

    Lawyers for the 30-year-old, who Israeli media have reported is worth up to $20 million, rejected the accusations. 

  • Presidential candidate Carson pushes 15 percent flat tax, end to all deductions

    November 9, 2015 | 10:18 am

    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said on Monday he favored a flat 15 percent tax rate and an end to all tax deductions, among other steps, in an effort to boost the U.S. economy and balance the budget.

    Carson said he would also trim the federal government spending by...

  • Hamas imposed taxes create new hardships for Palestinians in Gaza

    May 5, 2015 | 9:05 am

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    The Islamist Hamas, which controls the densely populated Gaza Strip, has added another burden to the lives of residents of Gaza with the introduction of new import taxes on items considered non-essential. The announcement has...

  • Cartoon: A shining city on a hill

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 12, 2015 | 1:20 pm

  • Nightclub owner Sam Nazarian gives up control of Las Vegas hotel

    December 17, 2014 | 7:23 am

    Sam Nazarian made his name and his billion-dollar fortune creating L.A. clubs and restaurants that attracted the hippest young celebrities.

    He parlayed that fame into hotels in Beverly Hills and Miami's South Beach. This year, he looked to Las Vegas as the next step in a bold global expansion, opening the 1,600-room SLS Las Vegas hotel and casino in August.

    Then he ran into the Nevada Gaming Control Board.


  • Hollywood accounting

    September 2, 2014 | 1:47 pm

    We’re making major motion pictures, baby!

    And TV shows too! That’s right, my fellow California taxpayers. You and I are now major investors in film and television productions. Our agent—or I should say our 120 agents in the state legislature—cut a five-year deal last week putting...

  • IRS’ ‘return free’ bad for most vulnerable

    June 6, 2013 | 10:53 am

    As April 15 nears each year, American taxpayers take inventory of their income and expenses and hand over a year’s worth of detail to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Many of us utilize the expertise of accountants to prepare what will become a complex analysis of the many life...

  • Rabbis urge Congress to end tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent

    December 6, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    More than 275 rabbis signed on to a letter to Congress urging the lawmakers to end tax cuts for those earning more than $250,000 a year.

    As part of the ongoing campaign by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, community advocacy events also will be held in homes and...

  • Report: Romney win could mean $2-billion tax cut bonanza for Adelson

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 11, 2012 | 2:20 pm

    Sheldon Adelson’s pledge to spend $100 million this year trying to elect a Republican President may have been eye-popping, but it’s not as large as the tax cut the billionaire casino mogul could reap should Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney be elected this November.


  • ZOA loses tax-exempt status

    September 11, 2012 | 9:26 am

    The Zionist Organization of America lost its tax-exempt status due to a late filing of tax returns. The organization did not file returns for three consecutive years, The Forward reported Sept. 11.

    Morton Klein, the ZOA’s president, confirmed that the organization has not been...

  • Maarat Ayin: Eduardo Saverin’s decision to renounce his U.S. citizenship

    May 23, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    By now everyone has heard that Eduardo Saverin, one of the co-founders of Facebook, filed legal papers in September 2011 to formally renounce his American citizenship. Brazilian by birth, Saverin became an American citizen in 1998. Born in Sao Paulo, Saverin’s father was, according...

  • OPINION: Keep down the rates of student loans

    May 4, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Education is the key to success—a “silver bullet” for changing lives in all segments of society. An affordable, quality college education must be available to all, not just the wealthy.

    Horace Mann, the renowned innovator in public education, said that “Education … beyond all...

  • Following Sherman’s lead, Berman will release his tax return

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 20, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Responding to a challenge issued by Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks), who released his federal tax return a few days ago, Rep. Howard Berman (D - Van Nuys) will also release his federal tax return.

    “Howard will accept Sherman’s challenge to release his taxes,” Brandon Hall,...

  • Palestinians to raise taxes, cut costs to curb deficit

    January 9, 2012 | 3:56 pm

    The Palestinian Authority will have to raise income tax and cut costs in 2012 to counter lower-than-expected foreign aid donations, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has said.

    The authority’s growing financial difficulties coincide with a period of high political uncertainty for the...

  • Israel releases PA funds

    November 30, 2011 | 10:09 am

    Israel released $100 million in tax funds it had withheld from the Palestinian Authority.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday the handover of the money, the transfer of which had been frozen on Nov. 1 in response to the Palestinians’ recognition as a state by...

  • Occupy L.A. raises more questions than it answers

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 2, 2011 | 4:19 pm

    From the very beginning of the Occupy Wall Street movement, people wanted to know why.

    Why did a group of protesters calling themselves “the 99 percent” take up residence in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan on Sept. 17?

    Why were so many people galvanized by the Occupy Wall...

  • The Demonization of Eric Cantor

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 19, 2011 | 4:09 pm

    Attacks on Eric Cantor are gaining steam. Harry Reid called him childish. Many in the media have portrayed him as the obstinate Republican who will destroy American credit by blocking a deal on raising the debt ceiling. But for those of us who feel constantly ripped off by a...

  • Death and Taxes

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 5, 2011 | 7:10 pm


  • Balancing the budget: Making the weak pay

    March 1, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    Sylvia Mnuchen has spent her life fighting.

    First it was cancer that attacked her skin, then her breast. More recently it has been an ailment that has kept her in a wheelchair, her feet swollen, her legs wrapped tight like a mummy.

    But as a loyal Jewish Democrat and longtime...

  • Netanyahu posts pay slip on Facebook

    January 11, 2011 | 10:42 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes about $12,300 a month before taxes, he informed the public on Facebook. 

    Netanyahu posted a copy of his monthly pay slip Monday on the Prime Minister of Israel’s page on the social networking site.

    The prime minister earns a gross...

  • The Joys of Car Dealerships!

    By Julia Bendis

    January 10, 2011 | 12:57 pm

    Being at a car dealership this weekend, to finally get the recalled part on my car fixed, reminded me how much I truly enjoy car dealerships.  Not only do I NOT mind haggling with the salesmen on a price, I look forward to it.  After all, I am my father’s daughter.  That same father...

  • A Democrat’s lament, and a glimmer of hope

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    December 7, 2010 | 2:55 pm

    There is a sick feeling of demoralization settling over Democrats, like drizzle on a cloudy day. It’s not because of losses in the midterm elections; it’s the unnerving realization that we are on our own.

    When Barack Obama came to Washington, he promised to change the town. I...

  • I hear you knocking

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 9, 2008 | 11:28 pm


  • Preachers to challenge tax laws Sunday

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 26, 2008 | 7:51 pm

    Sunday is the big day when the Alliance Defense Fund, pulling a page from the Thurgood Marshall playbook, and send ministers to the pulpit to pick a fight with the Internal Revenue Service. I wrote about this two weeks ago when the ADF’s senior legal counsel began enlisting soldiers...

  • Accountability

    By Amy Klein

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    As usual, it started out with questions.

    "Where do you work? What do you do? Have you been on any trips lately?"

    I was all for talking about myself, what I do, where I've been, where I'm going. But then it got personal.

    "Are you renting? How much do you pay per month?"

    Real estate...

  • Tic-tax-toe

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    April 4, 2008 | 3:27 pm

    This will be a short post today — I’m in the middle of taxes.

    I can’t stand tax time!

    Not a big shock. Most people equate doing taxes with getting a root canal.

    This is the first year my husband and I are filing jointly. It will also be the first time he will be...

  • Mayor Stumbles to Left on Immigration

    By Jill Stewart

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's recent handling of protests by pro-illegal immigration crowds showed a man awkwardly straddling opposing sides of a political chasm that divides Angelenos who have all supported him. And his lack of deftness leaves doubt about whether he can...

  • Charming? Not the Word for Politics

    By Leonard Fein

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Plato described democracy as "a charming form of government." Well, perhaps in ancient Greece there wasn't much else to charm away the days. But on the eve of Israel's elections and President Bush's State of the Union, "charming" is hardly the word that comes first to mind in...

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