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5 Ways to Sample Americana in Havana

5 Ways to Sample Americana in Havana

As reported in the LA Times, and as originally reported in the NY Times: How to sample Americana in Havana. Every American dashing to Cuba these days seems to share a goal: to see the island “before we ruin it.” But Havana, the city that awaits a historic visit by President Obama and his family next week, owes […]

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36 Hours in Havana

36 Hours in Havana

As reported in the NY Times, 36 Hours in Havana. Havana is no longer frozen in time, at least not completely. With Cuba’s guarded openness to private enterprise grabbing hold, classic American cars and salsa singers now share the cityscape with new and inventive offerings in food, culture, night life and hospitality. No other city […]

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Diplo and Major Lazer Bring Their Brand of Music to Cuba

Diplo and Major Lazer Bring Their Brand of Music to Cuba

As reported in the NY Times, Diplo and Major Lazer bring their brand of music to Cuba. HAVANA — “I know you’ve been waiting a long time for a party like this,” the D.J. and producer Diplo called out to a sea of pulsating young Cubans here on Sunday evening, during a free concert by […]

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Another First for Cuba: A Concert by the Rolling Stones

Another First for Cuba: A Concert by the Rolling Stones

As reported in the NY Times:  Another first for Cuba: a concert by the Rolling Stones. HAVANA — Five decades after his music was banned in this Communist country, Mick Jagger stood — and sang, jumped and performed his signature dance moves — before hundreds of thousands of adoring fans Friday night in Cuba and […]

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U.S. companies line up to do business in Cuba

U.S. companies line up to do business in Cuba

As reported in the news of the LA Times, in Cuba, a business gold rush builds. Chris Rosander was touring a mango grove in Cuba last year with a group of U.S. agriculture leaders when he had a revelation: “Why don’t we import mangoes from Cuba?” Sun-Maid Growers, the California dried fruit company where he […]

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Where are travelers going in Cuba? These 5 destinations top the list

Where are travelers going in Cuba? These 5 destinations top the list

As reported in the news in the LA Times: Cuba continues to be a hot destination for Americans this year, so where exactly is everyone going? It’s not a perfect science, but TripAdvisor this week looked at searches for Cuban destinations on its website between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 to come up with these five top […]

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Commercial flights between the U.S. and Cuba could resume as early as this fall

Commercial flights between the U.S. and Cuba could resume as early as this fall

As reported in the news in the LA Times: The Obama administration will allow U.S. air carriers to start regular scheduled commercial flights to and from Cuba as early as this fall for the first time in more than 50 years, U.S. officials said Friday. Air travel could resume with up to 20 daily scheduled […]

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What U.S. travelers need to know about new Cuba rules

What U.S. travelers need to know about new Cuba rules

As reported in the news in the LA Times: You no longer have to be part of a group tour to visit Cuba as a tourist. On Tuesday, President Obama again eased restrictions on travel to the island nation, just before his own visit from Sunday through March 22. But don’t plan on plopping down […]

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Cuba – Fear of a closing window, many flee

Cuba – Fear of a closing window, many flee

As reported in the LA Times: President Obama is coming to Cuba today. So why are so many Cubans leaving? For one young couple in Havana, improving relations between the U.S. and Cuba weren’t a sign of hope, but a signal to get out. In January, Leonid Castro used fake papers to travel to Mexico and […]

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Cuba to remove tax on dollars if US currency measures are for real

Cuba to remove tax on dollars if US currency measures are for real

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba plans to remove a tax on dollars after Washington relaxed currency restrictions against the Communist-run island, but only when the government is sure the U.S. measures really make transactions easier, Cuba’s foreign minister said on Thursday. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez announced the measures three days before U.S. President Barack Obama was […]

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IRS removes Cuba from list of countries whose taxes are non-creditable

IRS removes Cuba from list of countries whose taxes are non-creditable

Rev Rul 2016-8, 2016-11 IRB In a revenue ruling, IRS has announced that, effective after Dec. 21, 2015, Cuba has been removed from the list of countries subject to the special foreign tax credit restrictions of Code Sec. 901(j) and related provisions, to reflect a Department of State decision. Background. Code Sec. 901(j)(1) imposes restrictions […]

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Businesses welcome shift on Cuba

Businesses welcome shift on Cuba

As reported in the Chicago Tribune: ince Phil Ledbetter started working at Up Down Cigar some 14 years ago, he’s regularly asked the same questions: Where are the Cuban cigars? In the back? “We don’t do that,” Ledbetter, now the store’s general manager, said he tells the hopeful buyers. His phone started ringing immediately after […]

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Voices: Cubans find their voices of discontent

Voices: Cubans find their voices of discontent

As reported in USA Today: HAVANA — On one of my first trips to Cuba, I was sitting in a friend’s living room when he got to talking about politics. As he complained about the state-run economy and how its restrictions made it so hard for him and his family to survive — let alone […]

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Why real change in Cuba won’t come easy or fast

Why real change in Cuba won’t come easy or fast

As widely reported in the news and in the LA Times: The historic agreement between Presidents Obama and Raul Castro has opened what Obama calls “a new chapter” in relations between the United States and Cuba, but we are still on the first page. The rest of the chapter remains to be written. What comes […]

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Cuban Doctors at the Forefront of Ebola Battle in Africa – Island Nation Outpaces Larger Countries in Sending Medical Staff; Unlikely Partner for U.S.

Cuban Doctors at the Forefront of Ebola Battle in Africa – Island Nation Outpaces Larger Countries in Sending Medical Staff; Unlikely Partner for U.S.

Cuban Doctors at the Forefront of Ebola Battle in Africa – Island Nation Outpaces Larger Countries in Sending Medical Staff; Unlikely Partner for U.S., as reported in the WS Journal. Sierra Leone’s government welcomes the 165 Cuban health-care workers who came to fight Ebola. Photograph by Glenna Gordon for The Wall Street Journal With risks […]

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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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