February 3, 2012 |
As everybody knows by now, Warren Buffett - class traitor - pays a smaller share of his income in taxes than does his secretary, Debbie Bosanek. In his State of the Union address Jan. 24, President Obama proposed "the Buffett Rule" to rectify this with a phased-in requirement that all taxpayers making more than $1 million a year must pay federal taxes of at least 30% of their adjusted gross incomes. Who could object? Well, Newt Gingrich - class clown - called the idea "stupid.
February 22, 1987
The article by John Betz Willmann, "Move-up Housing Cashes in on Tax Law" (Jan. 11), is grossly misleading. It was not what Mr. Willmann said; what he left unsaid that misled. The cost of obtaining $75,000 of cash for which the interest is deductible must be compared to the value of the interest deduction. For most of us, selling our home requires that we list it with a realtor. And there are significant loan initiation costs when obtaining a mortgage either on a purchase or on a refinance.
February 10, 2003
Arianna Huffington's twin obsessions with SUVs and CEOs are both wearing thin. In "Once Again, We're Being Railroaded" (Commentary, Feb. 6), she goes off the deep end with her latest hyperbolic broadside against CEOs. This time her villain is John Snow, the new Treasury secretary, in a column that is remarkable both for its vitriol and complete lack of substance. For example, she attacks Snow because his company, CSX, attempted to increase its profits by reducing unnecessary expenses such as out-of-control health-care benefits and life insurance benefits (since when is a company required to provide life insurance to all of its employees?
May 16, 2012 |
How much will Eduardo Saverin save by ditching his U.S. citizenship? At least a cool $67 million in federal taxes according to analysis by Bloomberg. The financial news service came to that number by comparing the value of the Facebook shares Saverin had when he renounced his citizenship sometime around September ($2.44 billion) with the value of those same shares now (an estimated $2.89 billion). Then they applied the 15% capital gains rate to the approximate $448 million spread between the two numbers and voila -- $67 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1986 |
Orange Mayor James H. Beam, who is running against Anaheim Mayor Donald R. Roth for the 4th District seat on the Board of Supervisors, released his tax returns--as Roth did last week--at a press conference Tuesday in Santa Ana. Beam's federal return for 1985 showed wages of more than $120,000, interest income of $3,314, capital gains of $3,974 and business losses of $27,608. Beam and his wife, filing jointly, paid $16,160 in federal taxes.
April 20, 1997
In "CPI Squabble Diverts Attention From Real Issues" (View From Washington, March 30), Robert Rosenblatt claims that your "typical" 65-year-old widow would lose $3,900 in Social Security benefits by 2005 and that a middle-income family with two children would pay $1,400 more in federal taxes. Those figures have to be based upon some assumptions of inflation rates over the next eight years, something even the most astute economist hasn't been able to do or even predict. How can a meaningful discussion on balancing the budget take place until we correct the inaccuracies that have a direct effect on balancing the budget?
June 1, 1986
Standing in a line holding hands with millions across America was a thrill. There are even deeper joys if we continue the spirit through the years by giving some time to one of the many private organizations that are helping the poor and homeless and by lowering our life styles so that we can give more money as well. After all, except for accident of birth, we may have been one of them. The Bible urges us to give 10% or more of our total incomes for the less fortunate. Americans give only an average of 2% to 3% now. Imagine how good you would feel inside to know that you have helped to save lives simply by buying fewer and less fancy cars, clothes, appliances, etc. and donating the savings to church and synagogue outreach efforts or to one of the many worthy poverty crises center.
March 13, 2006
Although the article "And Now, Four-Star Hospitals" [March 13] provides a balanced view of specialty hospitals' benefits, the concerns regarding alleged harm from specialty hospitals are not well-founded. There is no evidence of any general hospital closing because of competition from a specialty hospital. A Medicare Payment Advisory Commission study found any financial harm suffered by general hospitals from specialty hospitals was temporary, and that specialty hospitals' competition actually forced general hospitals to do a better job. A Health and Human Services study found quality was consistently high at specialty hospitals, and that mortality rates were lower than at general hospitals.
October 1, 2013 |
As pre-enrollment begins for Obamacare, Albert is exploring his options. He wants to know more about health savings accounts. Good idea. Health savings accounts, or HSAs, can be a good fit for some, but not for all. Basically, a health savings account is like an IRA for healthcare. Money you put into it isn't subject to federal taxes. It can also roll over from one year to the next if unspent. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions If you withdraw money from an HSA for non-medical purposes, there are penalties.