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Israel Gives Palestinians NIS 200 Million

15 Kislev 5773 – November 28, 2012
Galei Tzahal reports that despite Israeli threats to withhold money if the Palestinian Authority doesn't stop its UN bid for statehood, Israel transferred on Tuesday NIS...

The City that has Problems with Synagogues

1 Kislev 5773 – November 14, 2012
If only my city were to treat me with the same courtesy they accorded Kaddafi.

Egypt’s Finance Minister: IMF Deal by this Weekend

28 Heshvan 5773 – November 13, 2012
Government officials have proposed austerity measures, weatherman calling for food riots with a chance of mayhem.

Romney by Points, Obama Still Underpresent, Candy Crowley Not the Greatest Hall Monitor

1 Heshvan 5773 – October 17, 2012
I saw President Obama still finding it difficult to sound cool and calculated without his trusted teleprompter.

What is More Virtuous: Paying Taxes or Giving Charity?

3 Tishri 5773 – September 19, 2012
Being forced to pay taxes does not make us more virtuous people. If it did, our founding fathers would have thanked George III for his coercion.

Flying Back to the US? Better Ask your Accountant First, You Could Get Arrested

13 Elul 5772 – August 31, 2012
U.S. taxpayers traveling to the United States with unpaid U.S. tax assessments can be detained at the border, questioned, and flagged for follow-up enforcement. If a taxpayer has an unpaid tax liability and is subject to a resulting Notice of Federal Tax Lien, the IRS may submit identifying taxpayer information to the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS), a database maintained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Risks You Need to Know Before Buying Dividend-Paying Stocks

4 Av 5772 – July 22, 2012
There’s no such thing as a perfect investment.

An Open Letter to Congressman Pascrell on School Choice and Vouchers

19 Tammuz 5772 – July 9, 2012
There are few choices as personal and important as the educational environment in which our children are immersed for most of their waking hours. Yet in the United States, unless parents want to risk bankruptcy just to afford tuition, they are given no choice.

Lollipops Don’t Fall From The Sky

16 Tammuz 5772 – July 5, 2012
Last week I published a letter from a thirty-eight year old single woman who lamented that despite her having become a ba’alas teshuvah, forsaking her secular life, committing to Torah and mitzvos, going to rabbis, receiving berachot – in short, doing all the “right” things – she has failed to find her bashert, her soul mate. She wondered where G-d was and what all her sacrifices were all about. She was angry at G-d and regarded all her efforts as having been for naught. “My joy in Judaism has disappeared,” she wrote. The following is my response.

Israel’s Gas Cost Drops, Tax Still 55%

11 Tammuz 5772 – July 1, 2012
The price of gas was lowered overnight Sunday by 2.15%, making the maximum price of self-serve 95-octane gasoline 16 agorot per liter less - NIS 7.27.

Chief Justice Roberts Saves Obamacare

9 Tammuz 5772 – June 28, 2012
Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Democrat-appointed justices to rule 5-4 that Congress has the power to impose the healthcare mandate under its power to levy taxes.

J.E. Dyer: This is What ‘Forward’ Looks Like

17 Sivan 5772 – June 7, 2012
For many people, especially younger ones, ideas about which government rules and “services” we can happily do without will be new and startling. But it is possible to slip the surly bonds of the Regulated Man construct and envision a better future. Wisconsin has taken an important step toward that future. Walker’s Wisconsin is what “Forward” looks like.

Sell These Bonds Before You Make Aliya!

9 Sivan 5772 – May 30, 2012
Israel will tax your U.S. municipal bonds, many of which are tax exempt.

Europe’s Wrongheaded Austerity Policies

1 Sivan 5772 – May 22, 2012
Austerity policies, which consist mainly of extra taxes, not only keep the European governments from finding long-term solutions to their overspending, while worsening the economic situation; they also make these government increasingly unpopular. Almost 40 years after Arthur Laffer drew his famous curve on a napkin, one wonders why European politicians keep closing their eyes to an evident truth instead of putting in place incentives for growth.

New American-Affiliated Party Launches Knesset Bid

15 Iyyar 5772 – May 7, 2012
Danny Goldstein, founder and chairman of 'Calcala' ('Finance'): “We are focused on making Israel a better place to live and a better place to invest by merging the best of Israel and America - representing Israelis, but with an eye on the American perspective.”

Government Job Cuts to Pay for Gas Tax Reduction

27 Nisan 5772 – April 19, 2012
PM Netanyahu explained that lowering taxes means shrinking the government, and, this time, cutting taxes means cutting public sector jobs. He emphasized that no one needs to be fired if enough workers embrace early retirement or quit, but conceded that this means the ministries will not be hiring for a long time.

Holy Smokes, Rabbi

7 Adar 5772 – March 1, 2012
According to the State, Rabbi Meshulam Rothschild, 26, was moving about 3,600 cartons a week of illegal cigarettes with no tax stamps out of his warehouse on Spencer Street in Williamsburg. At $50 a carton in taxes, that's a very nice income, although not so steady, it turns out…

Tax Evasion And Tax Avoidance: Bechorot 34a; Berachot 35b; Sanhedrin 5a; Gittin 81a.

28 Heshvan 5772 – November 24, 2011
There is nothing as certain as death and taxes, so the saying goes. Almost equally certain is the phenomenon of the living trying to avoid or evade taxes.

Avoiding Taxes, At All Costs?

1 Av 5769 – July 22, 2009
I was recently traveling across the United States/Canadian Border. As soon as people heard I would be traveling that way, my phone began ringing off the hook. Friends, and even strangers, called me to ask if I would take packages for them. From a favorite food for someone's daughter, baby clothes for a new grandchild, to a much loved breakfast cereal; the requests came pouring in. But what astounded me the most was the requests from people I didn't know asking me to take jewelry. One person asked if I would take a diamond ring to her son so he could propose. She wanted to send it with me so that it would not be held up for taxes.

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