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Scientists Press for Disclosure Rule About Business Impact on Environment

Scientists Press for Disclosure Rule About Business Impact on Environment

An increasing number of activist investor groups said they want the SEC to use its review of its disclosure rules to write regulations calling for more information on environmental and social issues. And now concerned scientists are also urging the SEC to take action given the negative impact some companies’ operations have on the environment. […]

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IRS issues new certification process for 2- or 3-wheeled plug-in electric vehicle credit

IRS issues new certification process for 2- or 3-wheeled plug-in electric vehicle credit

In Notice 2013-67, 2013-45 IRB 470, IRS has provided a process that allows manufacturers to certify that a particular vehicle meets the requirements for the qualified 2- or 3-wheeled plug-in electric vehicle credit under Code Sec. 30D(g) for qualified vehicles purchased after 2011 and before 2014. Taxpayers purchasing such vehicles can generally rely on the […]

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California’s Green Economy Trends Relationships Between Firms and Their Employment Outcomes

California’s Green Economy Trends Relationships Between Firms and Their Employment Outcomes

The Employment Development Department (EDD) research study conducted on California firms from January 2008 through January 2010, provided evidence that suggests green firms were no more or less likely to create jobs when compared to non-green firms. This study suggests that there was a difference in California firms’ propensity to experience net job gains based […]

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Cargo Bikes, Part 2: These Bikes Can Really Haul Mass

In the same WS Journal article, three models were tested.  Here are the results. Xtracycle’s Edgerunner Steady and sturdy: The base weight of the Xtracycle EdgeRunner is around 45 pounds—roughly the same as the bikes used in New York City’s new bike share program. The EdgeRunner’s 20-inch rear wheel not only sheds weight and aids […]

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Cargo Bikes: The New Station Wagon

Cargo Bikes: The New Station Wagon

Looks like fun and economical – “Cargo Bikes: The New Station Wagon,” as reported in the WS Journal. On a recent Sunday, Brandon Jones, a 44-year-old fund manager at 9W Capital Management, traveled from his home in downtown Manhattan with his wife and two children to meet friends for brunch in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They were heading […]

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Coasting to career reinvention with adult scooters

Coasting to career reinvention with adult scooters

Another cool idea turned into successful business appeared in the news of the OC Register in the article “Coasting to career reinvention with adult scooters.” If California’s real estate industry hadn’t tanked so badly in recent years, Irvine resident Bentley Kerr probably wouldn’t be talking about self-propelled scooters. As it is, an adult version of […]

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Update on Solyndra bankruptcy: IRS appeals denial of its objection to plan saying it allows the company to avoid paying taxes

Update on Solyndra bankruptcy:  IRS appeals denial of its objection to plan saying it allows the company to avoid paying taxes

Editor’s Note:  Update to the article/blog posted today entitled “IRS objects to Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan based on alleged tax avoidance purpose,” as the IRS filed its Notice of Appeal.   The basic argument is that a company with no assets or any business activity is nothing more than a shell and thus should not be […]

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IRS objects to Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan based on alleged tax avoidance purpose

IRS objects to Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan based on alleged tax avoidance purpose

Editor’s Note:  Solyndra, LLC is an interesting case as IRS lost its objection to a plan of reorganization based on the fact that the primary purpose of the plan was “tax avoidance” despite some rather compelling facts.  In brief, IRS has filed an objection to the proposed joint Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan of Solyndra, a […]

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Meet Paul Raymond

Meet Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond is a sought after speaker in tax controversy law by many attorney, accountant, and business groups and at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, has presented programs at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, attended by tax professionals throughout the United States.

Additionally, he continues to be an active member in the Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, where he was the Past Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee.

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