| Sep 12, 2013
Re "Politics and the pulpit," Editorial, Sept. 8
How is this for an idea not only to remove politics from the pulpit but to do away with all IRS deductions for charity: Eliminate all 503(c)(3) deductions, period.
You want to contribute to a favorite...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Kevin Hart is filming another movie in Los Angeles — with the help of a nearly $3-million state tax break.
The diminutive, fast-talking comedian and actor is starring in a comedy from Screen Gems and Miramax called "The Wedding Ringer," which...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 11:45 AM
Even the Internal Revenue Service likes to splurge sometimes.
The agency, which has come under fire for its spending practices and targeting of certain groups, recently released a parody video styled after "The Apprentice," the reality television show...
| Sep 8, 2013
Churches and other nonprofits long have been forbidden from endorsing political candidates. But erratic enforcement of the law has emboldened supporters of legislation in Congress that would end the restriction. Far from needing to be repealed, the ban on...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 12:51 PM
WASHINGTON -- Same-sex couples who are legally married will be treated as married for federal tax purposes regardless of where they live, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday.
The ruling follows the Supreme Court&...
| Aug 22, 2013
Contrary to stereotypes, there is no evidence that people on welfare are lazy. Indeed, surveys of welfare recipients consistently show their desire for a job. But there is also evidence that many are reluctant to accept available employment opportunities....
| Aug 13, 2013
| 5:11 PM
As a developer of shopping malls, including 22 in California, Westfield Group clearly takes its responsibilities to the consumer economy seriously.
The Australian company's malls are typically well-designed and anchored by the finest department stores,...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 6:24 PM
The movie "42" arrived in theaters this spring swaddled snugly in the American flag.
Studio marketers declared the film to be "the true story of an American legend." With good reason: It's hard to find a more uplifting sports story than Jackie Robinson'...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 6:53 PM
After 14 years together, Mark Frey and Doug Vogel are finally finding out what it means to be a married couple preparing for retirement.
The Rancho Palos Verdes residents were elated when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of...
| Jul 10, 2013
Re "Closer to majority rule," Column, July 4
George Skelton's advocacy for making it easier to pass bonds and higher taxes is troubling, given how overtaxed Californians already are.
California has the highest income tax rate, the highest state...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 3:31 PM
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California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law new measures aimed at revamping the state's incentives for economic development.
The new legislation includes hiring credits for companies...