Court rules in Favor of IRS in its quest to charge fees for issuing and renewing Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTIN)
By Roger Russell (Tax Pro Today) The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has given the IRS a victory in its quest to charge fees for issuing and renewing Preparer Tax Identification Numbers. The IRS was authorized by Congress in 1976 to require a tax preparer to list an identifying number on any […]
Jumaane Williams, winner of the race with 33% of the vote and now the third African-American to hold citywide office in New York City
By Eli Valentin (gotamgazette.com) The public advocate special election has come and gone. The implications of the results will be felt for years to come. Yet there is a debate over whether the position of public advocate should even exist. But it is here and the last two to hold the position—Bill de Blasio and […]
The Upstate Downstate Housing Alliance, a coalition of activist groups advocating for tenant protections, has clearly laid out a universal rent platform consisting of seven pieces of legislation.
By Rebecca C. Lewis (City and State New York) Before the 2018 state election cycle, universal rent control was not a common phrase among New Yorkers. When the idea gained popularity, thanks to the campaigns of progressive insurgents such as Cynthia Nixon, Jumaane Williams and Julia Salazar, it seemed to some like an ill-defined pipe-dream. […]
In the absence of organizational or professional membership, workers experience stark emotional tensions encompassing both the anxiety and fulfillment of working in precarious and personal conditions.
By Gianpiero Petriglieri, Susan J. Ashford, Amy Wrzesniewski (SAGE Journal) Building on an inductive, qualitative study of independent workers—people not affiliated with an organization or established profession—this paper develops a theory about the management of precarious and personalized work identities. We find that in the absence of organizational or professional membership, workers experience stark emotional tensions […]
Aliko Dangote’s plan to reduce Nigeria’s dependency on fuel imports will carve out an even bigger slice of the nation’s $376 billion economy for his empire.
By By Tom Metcalfand Devon Pendleton (Bloomberg) The best way to appreciate the scale of Aliko Dangote’s empire is to hitch a ride on one of his private jets. A half-hour after his Bombardier Challenger 605 takes off from Lagos Airport, it descends into a seemingly desolate area of Kogi State in central Nigeria, dusty fields […]
Triclosan is an ubiquitous chemical, found in everything from body wash to lip gloss to deodorant to household cleaners to mouthwash. In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration finalized its ban of triclosan.
By Ed Cara (Gizmodo) Your daily gob of toothpaste or spritz of body spray might be inadvertently mucking up your antibiotic treatment, suggests new research. It found that a common household antimicrobial ingredient—triclosan—seemed to reduce the potency of antibiotics used to treat urinary tract infections by a hundred-fold, at least in mice. Triclosan is an ubiquitous […]
The man who wants to build a wall to keep out immigrants is winning over just enough Latinos to get re-elected. Unless Democrats figure out how to stop him.
By David S. Bernstein (Politico) When President Donald Trump tweeted, on January 20, that he had reached 50 percent approval among Hispanic-Americans, most fair-minded observers reacted with skepticism, if not outright disbelief. Trump was, after all, still the same man who announced his candidacy by accusing Mexico of sending “rapists” across the border, the same man […]
Without humans to cause accidents, 90% of risk is removed. Insurers are scrambling to prepare. Self-Driving Cars might kill auto insurance as we know it.
By Paul Tullis (Bloomberg) …If nobody’s driving, why do we need auto insurance? Premiums—and company revenue—are based on a driver’s likelihood of being in an accident, as well as actual crash rates. With more than 90 percent of accidents caused by human error, taking the driver out of the equation is going to mean big […]
Reports of attacks and gunfire in some areas as voters go to polls to elect president
By The Guardian Nigeria’s long-awaited presidential election went ahead on Saturday, marred by heavy gunfire in the north-east, killings in the south and reports of technology failures and vote buying across the country. Some voters arrived at polling stations at 3am to ensure their ballot was counted in an election dominated by the current president, […]
Trillion-dollar companies going shopping for billion-dollar subsidies should be publicly shamed.
By Derek Thompson (The Atlantic, Feb. 14, 2019) Amazon said on Thursday that it will cancel its plans to add a second corporate headquarters in New York City. The company had pledged to build a campus in Queens’ Long Island City in exchange for $3 billion in subsidies. In a statement, Amazon blamed local politicians for […]