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Friday, June 24, 2016

Sixty years after his service in the Army, Jesse Eakin still completes his outfits with a pin that bears a lesson from the Korean War: Never Impossible. That maxim has been tested by a low-grade but persistent threat far different than the kind Eakin encountered in Korea: well water that's too dangerous to drink. It gives off a strange odor and bears a yellow tint. It carries sand that clogs faucets in the home Eakin shares with his wife, Shirley, here in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Eakins told the state environmental agency about their bad water nearly seven years ago and hoped for a quick resolution. Like thousands of others who live in the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale, however, they learned their hopes were misplaced. read more

As House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been rolling out his "Better Way" policy agenda, he's been promising new ideas. And the same was true when he unveiled the latest plank on tax reform, which he said offered "a new direction."
But the plan is packed full of ideas that Republicans have offered up over and over again.

The plan lowers tax rates generally, but the wealthy and corporations make off with the biggest gains. The corporate tax rate would drop from 35 percent to 20 percent. Certain smaller businesses that report income on individual returns would also face a lower tax rate of 25 percent. read more

UBS Group AG has ended a legal fight with the Internal Revenue Service, agreeing to hand over records on an American client's account in Singapore as U.S. authorities seek to move beyond Switzerland in their fight against offshore tax evasion.

The case involves information that the IRS sought on the account from 2001 to 2011 for Ching-Ye Hsiaw, a U.S. citizen living in China. On Feb. 23, the agency filed a petition asking a federal judge in Miami to force UBS, the largest Swiss bank, to produce account records on Hsiaw. The IRS said it needed the records to determine Hsiaw's income tax liabilities from 2006 to 2011.

After reaching an agreement, the bank handed over records on May 31 and June 10, the Justice Department said Tuesday in a court filing dismissing the petition. read more

A day after his blistering speech attacking Hillary Clinton's honesty, Donald Trump sat down with NBC News today where he continued to press that attack in our conversation in his New York apartment. The presumptive Republican nominee also responded to our reporting last night that found some of his claims about Clinton in that speech are inaccurate or unsupported.

HOLT: You delivered a speech yesterday, you went hard after Hillary Clinton. She says your speech was full of conspiracy theories and that you attacked her because you had no answers on substance. What is your reaction? read more

Donald Trump spoke in favor of gun rights at the National Rifle Association convention today, but security and staff at several of his prized hotels and golf courses told ABC News that guests are not allowed to carry guns there.

The Trump Organization, meanwhile, claims that's not true.

"We strongly believe in the 2nd Amendment and are against gun free zones. While laws vary substantially from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, we allow security personnel and other licensed individuals the ability to carry a firearm in an effort to protect themselves, our guests, associates and the general public," a spokesperson told ABC News by email. read more


#4 I've never tried, but my thinking is that you cannot carry a gun into the Whitehouse either.


Under Section 930 of the federal criminal code, it's a federal Class A misdemeanor to bring a firearm or dangerous weapon into a federal facility, punishable by up to a year in prison. If you intend to commit a crime with that weapon, it becomes a Class E felony, with up to five years in prison.


"In February 2011, the Commissioner issued notices of deficiency to Appellant, Jeffrey Thomas Maehr, for the tax years 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. The notices asserted income tax deficiencies and penalties for failure to file, failure to pay the estimated tax, and failure to pay the tax. Maehr filed a petition with the United States Tax Court pursuant to Tax Court Rule 34, seeking redetermination of the alleged deficiencies. He supported the petition with, inter alia, assertions the Internal Revenue Service lacked standing; the Internal Revenue Code has not been enacted into "positive law"; the Internal Revenue Service is not a lawfully created agency but is, instead, an agency of the International Monetary Fund; he is not a taxpayer because wages are not income; Form 1040 is illegitimate because it is not imprinted with an OMB control number; and the Sixteenth Amendment does not authorize the imposition of federal income taxes on citizens of the individual states.

The Commissioner moved to dismiss Maehr's petition, arguing it failed to state a claim upon which relief can be granted and failed to comply with Rule 34 because it did not contain "[c]lear and concise assignments of each and every error which [Maehr] alleges to have been committed by the Commissioner in the determination of the deficiency or liability," or "[c]lear and concise lettered statements of the facts on which [Maehr] bases the assignments of error." Tax Ct. R. 34(b)(4), (5). The Tax Court ordered Maehr to respond to the Commissioner's motion and to file an amended petition. Maehr filed an objection wherein he elected to stand on his original petition and stated it was impossible to provide specific assignments of error because "the entire assessment is in error." He also argued the Commissioner's actions interfered with his religious rights by forcing him to comply with unlawful and unconstitutional statutes against his will.

The Tax Court granted the Commissioner's motion, dismissed Maehr's petition, and found Maehr owed the deficiencies and penalties set out in the notices of deficiency. In the written order of dismissal, the court concluded Maehr's petition failed to comply with Rule 34 because it did not contain specific challenges to the Commissioner's calculations or allege any facts necessary to resolve any alleged errors. The court further noted Maehr had not availed himself of the opportunity to cure his deficient petition by filing an amendment. Maehr filed two motions to vacate, both of which were denied by the Tax Court."


Et Al is correct. He is nucking futz.

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