“We don’t depend on tax gimmicks.”
Don’t worry about having to change your tax policies too much, Tim Cook—you’re not a Tea Party group seeking tax exemptions. Apple CEO Tim Cook insisted in his testimony before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee Investigations that his company does not avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes by building tax havens overseas. “We pay all the taxes we owe—every single dollar,” Cook said. “We don’t depend on tax gimmicks.” Cook said he advocates a change to the tax code, and he made sure to note that Apple is the nation’s largest corporate taxpayer. Might want to stay away from that one—the other corporate taxpayers are not exactly what you want to aspire to.
For $125 a night, I got Wi-Fi, abundant cable channels, and a king-size bed (with four pillows!). Screw the skeptics—this is what makes America great, writes a wide-eyed Daniel Gross.
I wouldn’t recommend the Best Western in Monticello, New York, for a relaxing weekend getaway. But if you want to have your faith in America restored, you might want to check it out.Those of us who work in the media, cover finance and politics, and live in and around New York City are constantly presented with systems and things that don’t work. Over the weekend, the Metro-North train system literally went off the rails. Cellphone services drop calls like they’re hot potatoes.
Seeking to reduce its carbon footprint and reduce the cost of generating power in the field, the U.S. military has become one of the most aggressive investors in renewable energy.
This gives a new meaning to the term “military power.” The U.S. Department of Defense, the world’s largest consumer of fossil fuels, is becoming more earth-friendly.The Solar Energy Industries Association released a report Friday detailing the military’s recent commitment to power 25 percent of its electricity intake with renewable energy by 2025. So far more than 130 megawatts of solar voltaic systems have been installed in military bases spanning 31 states and D.
Defeats campaign to split his job between two people.
There’s a reason Jamie Dimon is the nation’s most powerful banker: he’s ruthless. The chairman of JPMorgan Chase and his shareholders successfully killed an investors’ proposal to strip him of his title and split the job between two people, sources said Tuesday. While the final tally of the vote has yet to be released, several shareholders who have seen the total confirmed that Dimon did in fact defeat the campaign. It’s not the first time investor groups have tried to oust the silver-haired chief executive officer. A similar proposal was brought to the table in 2011, but failed to pass, garnering only 40 percent of the vote.
Apple has avoided billions in taxes. Congress says it wants to know why. But we know why—and it’s probably not going to change.
Today Apple CEO Tim Cook will testify about Apple's corporate tax practices in front of a congressional committee. Here's what you need to know:It's probably not going to change for two reasons. One is that even if the Senate gets up some bill to "close the loopholes," it woud die a quick yet painful death in the House. And the second is that what Apple is doing isn't really "loopholes." Rather, it's relying on a gap between how corporate income is taxed in the United States and how it's taxed in Ireland.
Using web of offshore entities.
It really was too good to be true. A Senate investigation unveiled Monday showed that between 2009 and 2012, Apple sheltered over $74 billion in profits from U.S. tax collectors by creating subsidiaries in Ireland. The investigation revealed that on $30 billion of that amount, Apple paid no taxes, and on $22 billion it paid a rate of 0.05 percent (compared to U.S. rate of 35 percent). Apple CEO Tim Cook as well as other executives will testify Tuesday morning before the Senate, and argue that Apple is not breaking any tax laws, and that the money saved goes to research and development.
As investigations mount.
Billionaire Steve Cohen may be throwing in the towel. After a five year investigation into his firm SAC Capital Advisors over insider-trading charges, Cohen has reportedly considered proposing a deal with prosecutors to shut down his hedge-fund to outside investors and admit wrongdoing, but would not be prosecuted unless SAC broke the law again. The firm would then focus solely on managing Cohen’s personal fortune. Unknown is whether federal prosecutors would be satisfied without a conviction of Cohen himself.
Homeschooled so he could focus on computers.
Before he created Tumblr—a micro-blogging platform acquired by Yahoo for $1.1 billion—David Karp was a high-school dropout. Bored with his classes at Bronx High School of Science, the bright teenager decided to opt for homeschooling. His mom, Barbara Ackerman, says it was the best decision he ever made. “It became very clear that David needed the space to live his passion. Which was computers,” Ackerman says. Now 26, with neither a high-school diploma or a college degree, Karp is a newly made billionaire. Currently living with his girlfriend in a $1.6 million loft in Brooklyn, the tall, slight brunet still entertains the thought of going to college one day. “At least I should be able to afford it,” he quips.
With the Marines’ former top trainer on board, the ex-newsman’s venture into sustainable farming and changing prospects for returning U.S. military launches today.
Less than two years ago, Dylan Ratigan was ubiquitous. The journalist, author, and entrepreneur’s MSNBC show was the channel’s top-rated program outside prime time, and his book Greedy Bastards was a bestseller. But the disillusioned newsman walked away last June, when his contract was up.These days, he’s working full time with a group of combat veterans on a hydroponic farm near San Diego. Inspired by these environmentally conscious Marines, he’s partnered with Maj.
Suburbs have more poor people mainly because they have more people, write Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox.
In the wake of the post-2008 housing bust, suburbia has become associated with many of the same ills long associated with cities, as our urban-based press corps and cultural elite cheerfully sneer at each new sign of decline, most recently a study released Monday by the Brookings Institution—which has become something of a Vatican for anti-suburban theology—trumpeting the news that there are now 1 million more poor people in America’s suburbs than in its cities.
International Business Times
Huffington Post Tech
International Business Times
Huffington Post Politics
International Business Times
With news of potential Fed tapering, Julie Hyman joins In the Loop with Betty Liu on Bloomberg News to give analysis of market reaction.
Companies don't publish all their results. How can we get more information into the public domain?