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Hollywood's Top 10 Nearly Incredible Lawsuits from 2016

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From Donald Trump suing the New York Times over allegations of inappropriate touching to Trump suing the New York Times over disclosing tax returns, this has been a wild and unpredictable year.

Hollywood Docket Top 5: Redstone escapes class action; iPod tax; 'Heroes' pirate pride

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CBS chairman Sumner Redstone catches a break as a New York federal judge dismisses a class-action lawsuit against the company and senior executives for allegedly artificially inflating the company's value in order to help Redstone on a loan. Reuters] The.

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Wealthy Would Get Billions in Tax Cuts Under Obamacare Repeal Plan - The New York Times

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"Two of the biggest tax cuts in Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act would deliver roughly $157 billion over the coming decade to those with incomes of $1 million or more, according to a congressional analysis. The assessment was made by the Joint Committee on Taxation, a nonpartisan panel that provides research on tax issues. It is not unusual for tax cuts to benefit mostly the wealthiest, but still save some money for a majority of Americans.

But it’s on the Internet! Kickstarter tax issues

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I agree with the New York Times that the first place that reduced oversight would be abused is Silicon Valley. If you have found any information about dealing with tax issues on Kickstarter.com, please post a comment. Update: There actually is a new link from Kickstarter to Amazon Payments that explains how Amazon will be required to report Kickstarter payments processed by Amazon to the IRS in the US. for the 2011 tax year on a Form 1099-K.

Should you have a loan-out company for your work in entertainment?

Gordon P. Firemark

But as always, it’s important to consult with your tax and legal advisers before embarking on any legal strategy for your career or business. Fiscal Year Tax Planning. By selecting a fiscal year, the company can sometimes realize a major first-year tax savings.

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Living in L.B.J.’s America - The New York Times

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Mr. Falwell was referring to a change to the tax code added by Johnson when he was the Senate minority leader. In other words, tax-deductible charitable contributions could not be used to fund election campaigns. s America - The New York Times

Republican Health Proposal Would Redirect Money From Poor to Rich - The New York Times

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It expanded Medicaid coverage to Americans below or just above the poverty line in states that participated, and it offered income-based tax credits for middle-income people to buy their own insurance. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times Photo by: Al Drago/The New York Times The Republican plan would alter both of those programs, changing the winners and losers. The idea of matching tax credits to age makes some sense.

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Time for Congress to Investigate Mr. Trump’s Ties to Russia - The New York Times

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This week, for instance, congressional Republicans closed off one avenue to forcing the release of Mr. Trump’s tax returns, which he has refused to divulge and which could help prove to Americans that he is not indebted to Russian financial entities. (It

What Did Trump Know, and When Did He Know It? - The New York Times

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Mike Flynn and Donald Trump at a campaign event in New Hampshire in September. Credit Damon Winter/The New York TimesWe don’t know whether the Russians had domestic help in their effort to steal the U.S. The New York Times

Trump’s Racial Time Machine - The New York Times

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But for us there is nothing new in this. We learned that racial paranoia can be expressed openly by whites and left unchallenged; that nonwhite voters left unmonitored would “steal” the election; that the powerful can grab women by the genitals without remorse; that finding every way he could to avoid paying taxes and betting on a housing crisis was just called “business.” Trump’s Racial Time Machine - The New York Times

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The Man Who Spilled the Secrets | Politics | Vanity Fair

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What followed was a clash of civilizations—and ambitions—as Guardian editors and their colleagues at The New York Times and other media outlets struggled to corral a whistle-blowing stampede amid growing distrust and anger.

No Wonder the Republicans Hid the Health Bill - The New York Times

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s subsidies, which come in the form of tax credits. Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, for instance, told CNN that people should invest in their health care, “rather than getting that new iPhone.” The bill would eliminate the taxes on businesses and individuals (people making more than $200,000 a year) who fund Obamacare. The tax cuts would total about $600 billion over 10 years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

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New York City's Film Tax Credit Legislation May Be Revamped

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New York City is rethinking and re-introducing its film tax credit legislation. Maximum tax credits would drop from five to four percent, run through 2011, and cap at a quarter of a million dollars. Television shows could get the four

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New York Court Upholds "Amazon" Holding

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Media tax mavens, take note: Edward A. Zelinsky, Cardozo School of Law, has published New York Appellate Division Upholds 'Amazon' Law: Analysis in State Tax Notes (2011). New York State Here is the abstract. In Amazon.com LLC et al.

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Abolishing the Poll Tax Again - New York Times

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Abolishing the Poll Tax Again - New York Times October 19, 2005 Editorial Abolishing the Poll Tax Again. Critics of Georgia's new voter-identification law, which forces many citizens to pay $20 or more for the documentation necessary to vote, have called it a modern-day poll tax, intended to keep blacks and poor people from voting. Under the new law, voters with driver's licenses were not inconvenienced.

Abolishing the Poll Tax Again - New York Times

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Abolishing the Poll Tax Again - New York Times October 19, 2005 Editorial Abolishing the Poll Tax Again. Critics of Georgia's new voter-identification law, which forces many citizens to pay $20 or more for the documentation necessary to vote, have called it a modern-day poll tax, intended to keep blacks and poor people from voting. Under the new law, voters with driver's licenses were not inconvenienced.

@nyismusic: Empire State Music Production Tax Credit Goes to @NYGovCuomo for Signature — Artist Rights Watch

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New York is Music coalition announced the passage of the Empire State Music Production Tax Credit (A10083A/S7485A) in the NY Legislature and urged Governor Cuomo to sign the bill into law. via @nyismusic: Empire State Music Production Tax Credit Goes to @NYGovCuomo for Signature — Artist Rights Watch

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Pole Dancing is Art, Tax Exempt

The Legal Satyricon

A New York administrative law judge ruled that N.Y. sales tax does not apply to cover charges at an Albany strip club First Amendment protected erotic expression venue known as “Night Moves.&#. The cover charges are taxed under New York State Tax Law §1105(f)(1), unless the performances taking place at the adult entertainment establishment [.].

Media Update: Jolie, Carpetbagger, THR, Hayes

Thompson On Hollywood

The earnings estimates consist of pre-tax income between June 2008 and June 2009. Like many journalists in this unforgiving climate, ex-Variety New York bureau chief Dade Hayes is going to the other side, joining Howard Rubenstein Communications in New York as a senior v-p.

Your Tax Dollars at Work Part 2: The Barter iTax

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Albeit on a black market , but that's not a tax issue.) New York Governor David Patterson included a 4 percent sales tax on digital goods in his State budget. The tax is on downloaded music, ring tones, movies, books, photographs, and games, among other online items. As Mark McKinnon recently noted in a piece on the Governor Patterson’s “iTax”: “Add a tax to broccoli, and you’ll sell less broccoli; there’s no convenient, underground tax-free broccoli market.

Law to Segregate Omaha Schools Divides Nebraska - New York Times

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Law to Segregate Omaha Schools Divides Nebraska - New York Times April 15, 2006 Law to Segregate Omaha Schools Divides Nebraska By SAM DILLON OMAHA, April 14 — Ernie Chambers is Nebraska's only African-American state senator, a man who has fought for causes including the abolition of capital punishment and the end of apartheid in South Africa. Other black leaders in Omaha criticized the new law.

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Law to Segregate Omaha Schools Divides Nebraska - New York Times

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Law to Segregate Omaha Schools Divides Nebraska - New York Times April 15, 2006 Law to Segregate Omaha Schools Divides Nebraska By SAM DILLON OMAHA, April 14 — Ernie Chambers is Nebraska's only African-American state senator, a man who has fought for causes including the abolition of capital punishment and the end of apartheid in South Africa. Other black leaders in Omaha criticized the new law.

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Gentrification Changing Face of New Atlanta - New York Times

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Gentrification Changing Face of New Atlanta - New York Times March 11, 2006 Gentrification Changing Face of New Atlanta By SHAILA DEWAN ATLANTA, March 8 — In-town living. But although gentrification has expanded the city's tax base and weeded out blight, it has had an unintended effect on Atlanta, long a lure to African-Americans and a symbol of black success.

Gentrification Changing Face of New Atlanta - New York Times

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Gentrification Changing Face of New Atlanta - New York Times March 11, 2006 Gentrification Changing Face of New Atlanta By SHAILA DEWAN ATLANTA, March 8 — In-town living. But although gentrification has expanded the city's tax base and weeded out blight, it has had an unintended effect on Atlanta, long a lure to African-Americans and a symbol of black success.

WikiLeaks Secret Records Dump Stays in Legal Clear: Ann Woolner - Bloomberg

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WikiLeaks served as conduit for 92,000 pages of material from a military insider to the New York Times , the Guardian of London and der Spiegel magazine in Germany. And the New York Times was free to publish the 7,000-page internal history of the Vietnam War , revealing that president after president had lied about what the U.S. New York Times United States Daniel Ellsberg Pentagon Papers Wikileaks Julian Assange Warfare and Conflict Vietnam War

WikiLeaks Secret Records Dump Stays in Legal Clear: Ann Woolner - Bloomberg

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

WikiLeaks served as conduit for 92,000 pages of material from a military insider to the New York Times , the Guardian of London and der Spiegel magazine in Germany. And the New York Times was free to publish the 7,000-page internal history of the Vietnam War , revealing that president after president had lied about what the U.S. Tags: New York Times United States Daniel Ellsberg Pentagon Papers Wikileaks Julian Assange Warfare and Conflict Vietnam War

Denying Access to the Ballot - New York Times

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Denying Access to the Ballot - New York Times September 20, 2005 Denying Access to the Ballot. He said that "for some, the commission's ID proposal constitutes nothing short of a modern-day poll tax.". It has been clear since 2000 that the election system is in serious need of reform. But the commission led by James Baker III and former President Jimmy Carter has come up with a plan that is worse than no reform at all.

Denying Access to the Ballot - New York Times

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Denying Access to the Ballot - New York Times September 20, 2005 Denying Access to the Ballot. He said that "for some, the commission's ID proposal constitutes nothing short of a modern-day poll tax.". It has been clear since 2000 that the election system is in serious need of reform. But the commission led by James Baker III and former President Jimmy Carter has come up with a plan that is worse than no reform at all.

Richard Pryor, Iconoclastic Comedian, Dies at 65 - New York Times

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Richard Pryor, Iconoclastic Comedian, Dies at 65 - New York Times December 11, 2005 Richard Pryor, Iconoclastic Comedian, Dies at 65 By MEL WATKINS. Mr. Pryor's crossover appeal derived largely from his innovative approach to comedy - what Rolling Stone magazine called "a new type of realistic theater." In 1963, after honing his craft on the "chitlin circuit," Mr. Pryor decided to take a crack at New York City.

Richard Pryor, Iconoclastic Comedian, Dies at 65 - New York Times

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Richard Pryor, Iconoclastic Comedian, Dies at 65 - New York Times December 11, 2005 Richard Pryor, Iconoclastic Comedian, Dies at 65 By MEL WATKINS. Mr. Pryor's crossover appeal derived largely from his innovative approach to comedy - what Rolling Stone magazine called "a new type of realistic theater." In 1963, after honing his craft on the "chitlin circuit," Mr. Pryor decided to take a crack at New York City.

Tragedy in Black and White - New York Times

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Tragedy in Black and White - New York Times September 19, 2005 Tragedy in Black and White By PAUL KRUGMAN By three to one, African-Americans believe that federal aid took so long to arrive in New Orleans in part because the city was poor and black. Maybe President Bush would have been mugging with a guitar the day after the levees broke even if New Orleans had been a mostly white city.

Tragedy in Black and White - New York Times

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Tragedy in Black and White - New York Times September 19, 2005 Tragedy in Black and White By PAUL KRUGMAN By three to one, African-Americans believe that federal aid took so long to arrive in New Orleans in part because the city was poor and black. Maybe President Bush would have been mugging with a guitar the day after the levees broke even if New Orleans had been a mostly white city.

The Faith-Based President Defrocked - New York Times

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The Faith-Based President Defrocked - New York Times October 9, 2005 The Faith-Based President Defrocked By FRANK RICH. Asked how he was going to pay for Katrina recovery, the president twice said he'd proposed $187 billion in budget cuts over 10 years - but failed to factor in his tax proposals and other budget increases. As New York's Daily News would quickly report, the man in question "may not even be one of the top 10 or 15 leaders."

The Faith-Based President Defrocked - New York Times

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The Faith-Based President Defrocked - New York Times October 9, 2005 The Faith-Based President Defrocked By FRANK RICH. Asked how he was going to pay for Katrina recovery, the president twice said he'd proposed $187 billion in budget cuts over 10 years - but failed to factor in his tax proposals and other budget increases. As New York's Daily News would quickly report, the man in question "may not even be one of the top 10 or 15 leaders."

Court Nominee Stood Out for Conservative Rigor - New York Times

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Court Nominee Stood Out for Conservative Rigor - New York Times July 31, 2005 Court Nominee Stood Out for Conservative Rigor By ADAM LIPTAK and TODD S. Sexton, a clerk for Chief Justice Burger, is president of New York University. A clerk who did not vote carefully, Mr. Colson said, "could get stuck with a lot of tax cases.".

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Court Nominee Stood Out for Conservative Rigor - New York Times

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Court Nominee Stood Out for Conservative Rigor - New York Times July 31, 2005 Court Nominee Stood Out for Conservative Rigor By ADAM LIPTAK and TODD S. Sexton, a clerk for Chief Justice Burger, is president of New York University. A clerk who did not vote carefully, Mr. Colson said, "could get stuck with a lot of tax cases.".

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NPR : Roundtable: New Orleans Vote, Taxing Big Oil

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NPR : Roundtable: New Orleans Vote, Taxing Big Oil Roundtable: New Orleans Vote, Taxing Big Oil Listen to this story. News & Notes with Ed Gordon, April 24, 2006 · Topics: The New Orleans mayoral election, and a proposed tax on oil companies making big profits at the pump.

NPR : Roundtable: New Orleans Vote, Taxing Big Oil

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NPR : Roundtable: New Orleans Vote, Taxing Big Oil Roundtable: New Orleans Vote, Taxing Big Oil Listen to this story. News & Notes with Ed Gordon, April 24, 2006 · Topics: The New Orleans mayoral election, and a proposed tax on oil companies making big profits at the pump.

Split Verdict Ends Trial of Ex-Mayor of Atlanta - New York Times

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Split Verdict Ends Trial of Ex-Mayor of Atlanta - New York Times March 11, 2006 Split Verdict Ends Trial of Ex-Mayor of Atlanta By BRENDA GOODMAN ATLANTA, March 10 — After a five-year investigation that culminated in a two-month-long trial, it took the jury hearing the federal corruption case against former Mayor William C. But Mr. Campbell was found guilty of three counts of tax evasion, and for that he could serve up to nine years in jail and pay up to $300,000 in fines.

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Split Verdict Ends Trial of Ex-Mayor of Atlanta - New York Times

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Split Verdict Ends Trial of Ex-Mayor of Atlanta - New York Times March 11, 2006 Split Verdict Ends Trial of Ex-Mayor of Atlanta By BRENDA GOODMAN ATLANTA, March 10 — After a five-year investigation that culminated in a two-month-long trial, it took the jury hearing the federal corruption case against former Mayor William C. But Mr. Campbell was found guilty of three counts of tax evasion, and for that he could serve up to nine years in jail and pay up to $300,000 in fines.

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