November 12, 2007 |
In the Rev. Dollar's chapel last week, a man in jeans and a baseball jersey bowed his head and opened his wallet. In front of him, a woman in nursing scrubs leaned on her Bible to write a check. And when the congregation stood up in prayer, some -- speaking in tongues -- waved collection envelopes in the air. Creflo A. Dollar, senior pastor of World Changers Church International, preaches that God will reward the faithful with material riches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1994 |
Merv Griffin is the latest celebrity to offer a gift of parkland to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, joining a string of wealthy entertainers whose charitable instincts may soon be rewarded by a recent change in tax laws. The conservancy's board is scheduled to vote tonight on taking the 104 acres in Benedict Canyon south of Mulholland Drive, next to Griffin's planned development of six estate homes.
July 6, 1995 |
A 130-year-old boatyard in this Lake Michigan port town is running at full steam these days--turning out yachts that sell for as much as $10 million. Burger Boat Co. is one of about six shipyards worldwide catering to a rarefied market for big motor yachts, according to David Ross, president and co-owner of the company. Ranging in length from 80 to 110 feet, Burger boats sell for $3 million to $10 million.
October 4, 1993 |
If you are planning to relocate because of a new job, it may be time to get moving. At least that's the suggestion offered by tax-minded financial advisers. Once 1993 ends, they point out, the tax laws will change covering the deductions that are allowed for a variety of moving-related expenses.
March 1, 1994 |
The Supreme Court, hearing a case brought by a California tax lawyer, reacted skeptically Monday to arguments that Congress has broad authority to apply tax changes retroactively. In their questions, eight of the nine justices appeared to dispute the notion that Congress can change tax laws so as to repeal deductions after taxpayers have acted to take advantage of them. "The possibilities for the government are wonderful!" exclaimed Justice Antonin Scalia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1988
Could you please ask Congress not to do any more "simplifying" of the tax laws, before the country dies of confusion? JACK O'MARA Irvine
April 26, 2002
"Where's the incentive to become wealthy and productive?" asks Brian Dean (letter, April 22). Well, considering the large increase in the number of millionaires and billionaires in recent decades, the tax laws do not seem to have been much of a disincentive in the matter of accumulating wealth. Gene Barmore Huntington Beach
January 21, 2009
Re "Tax code's poster boy," editorial, Jan. 15 The Times states that it is willing to accept Treasury Secretary-nominee Timothy F. Geithner's contention that his tax errors were inadvertent. The Times says that the complex rules that trip up financial sophisticates such as Geithner are a minefield for the honest. Hogwash! He of all people should be aware of the tax rules. Also, he has at his disposal tax experts. Granted, the tax code is complicated. But the tax laws Geithner apparently overlooked have been around for a while and are not that complicated, particularly with respect to payroll taxes.