Definition — Freeing information

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According to the old saying, information wants to be free.

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Decisions — All or nothing, or maybe something

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Between all or nothing is something.

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Decisions — The keys to success

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Sometimes you no sooner find the keys to success than the locks get changed.

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Definitions — Double Trouble

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Depending on which myth you chose to believe, your double is roaming the world searching for you, either with a desire to complete you or to do you evil.

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Decisions — More information please

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Confused taxpayers write to senators, representatives, and the white house with questions about tax law, asking whether current or former employers followed tax law properly, or why certain rules seem to promote unfair treatment. The IRS National Office is the final stop for these enquiries.

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Decisions — Exceptional gifting

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It’s not how much you give that counts, unless of course you’re giving more than the annual gift tax exemption amount.

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Decisions — Can they do that?

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According to the wisdom of Dr. Seuss, only you can control your future. In the less insightful realm of taxes, wills and trusts attempt to provide a way of controlling the future by authorizing specific actions to be taken after death.

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Decisions — Original snake oil

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You probably use the term “snake oil” synonymously with “scam.” Yet the original snake oil was a traditional Chinese medicine, introduced to America by Chinese railroad workers in the 1860s, and included oil from the Chinese water snake.

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Definitions — Here, there, everywhere

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Like the ubiquitous Kilroy of World War II fame, tax law seems to be everywhere. Here are two examples of tax rules popping up where you might not expect them.

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Decisions — Flying free

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Today’s question: Can organ transplant teams fly free of federal excise tax?

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