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バブルがはじけると必ずこの手のスキャンダルが。昔の日本もそうでした。
Gambler Gets Nearly 4 Years In Tax Scandal

By Henri E. Cauvin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Connie Alexander was a compulsive gambler who must have thought she hit the jackpot when she met Harriette Walters, who showered her with lavish gifts and even helped pay for Alexander's 2006 wedding at a Las Vegas hotel.

Yesterday, the marker came due in what turned out to be a high-stakes crime.

Alexander, one of 10 people prosecuted for helping Walters embezzle millions of dollars from the D.C. tax office, was sentenced yesterday to almost four years in prison for her role in the massive fraud, which cost the District government almost $50 million.
http://www.exblog.jp/myblog/entry/new/?eid=c0152675
ワシントンD.C.政府に5,000万ドルの損害を与えたって言うんだから大したものです。

連邦制の宿命だから対岸の火事だと日本から見ていればいいこなのか。
Despite Stimulus Funds, States to Cut More Jobs

By Alec MacGillis
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Eleven weeks after Congress settled on a stimulus package that provided $135 billion to limit layoffs in state governments, many states are finding that the funds are not enough and are moving to lay off thousands of public employees.

The state of Washington settled on a budget two weeks ago that will mean 1,000 layoffs at public colleges and several times that many in elementary and high schools.
http://www.exblog.jp/myblog/entry/new/?eid=c0152675
州レベルでは大規模なレイ・オフが行われています。対象は学校の教職員といった公務員です。

新しい租税政策についてです。
Obama seeks estate tax hike, corporate loophole cuts
Mon May 11, 2009 4:29pm EDT

By Kim Dixon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration proposed on Monday to raise nearly $60 billion by closing loopholes including those related to the estate tax, and also revived a bid to cap itemized deductions wealthy individuals can claim.

Funds raised from the estate tax and other changes would go to beef up a healthcare reserve fund, a $634 billion pot of money President Barack Obama wants to use to revamp the healthcare system and expand insurance to tens of millions of Americans who lack it.

The proposals "take on what we believe are a series of unjustifiable loopholes, unjustifiable tax breaks that we simply can not afford," said a senior administration official, who could not be identified under the ground rules of a briefing for reporters.

The White House wants to raise $24 billion over 10 years by tightening rules for the estate tax, a levy on the portion of inheritance that exceeds an amount excluded by law.

Currently, the first $3.5 million of an individual's inheritance and $7 million of a couple's inheritance are exempted. The Obama administration would change how assets are valued.

Lawmakers are likely to tackle the estate tax issue this year to avoid confusing changes over the next few years. The tax-cut package enacted under President George W. Bush provides for the estate tax to be repealed for fiscal year 2010 -- October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010.
http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE54A5QY20090511
相続税廃止は世界の潮流ではなくなったのです、政府税調さん。

それ何に充てるかというと。
Change in Estate Tax Suggested to Pay for Health Care

By JACKIE CALMES
Published: May 11, 2009

WASHINGTON — Struggling to find ways to pay for the president’s signature health care overhaul, the administration on Monday proposed to raise nearly $60 billion more over 10 years mostly from tightening rules for inheritance taxes affecting the wealthiest estates.

The Treasury Department’s proposals, and several others affecting taxation of life insurance and some other financial products, are intended to fill a gap that has opened up in President Obama’s health care plans.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/12/us/politics/12healthtax.html
医療保険改革の財源にするということのようです。

昨日の晩はLeon Russell を聞いていました。最近、3曲聞かないうちに寝るので、感想も何も。

さすがにABBも終わったので、Andrew Gold を聞いています。次は、The Band です。
鬱陶しいなと最近は感じるのですね、ザ・バンドを。Music From Big Pink は擦り切れるほど聞いたのですが。空で今でも歌えるし。

カナダ組は、Joni Mitchellなんかと一緒に、そうですNeil Young も一緒に、ちょっと願い下げ。Ian & Sylvia は小学校6年生のときに既に彼らの曲を弾き語りできましたが、彼らくらいでしょうか。
あのFestival Train の人選というのも案外、意味深かもしれません。嘘です。グロスマンが仕切っていただけ。

ABBのライブの棚卸ができる日が来ればいいな。それと、引越しが完了したらSlim Gaylord を聞きたい。

Lynyrd Skynyrd のワーキング・クラス臭さは、やはり、ちょっと私の肌には合わないようです。
by nk24mdwst | 2009-05-12 16:15 | 租税法(アメリカ)


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