Wall Streeters have a lot to give thanks for this holiday season. Earnings are up, so bonuses are up. And that, in turn, means taxes are up, too. The New York Post just reported that Wall Street Bankers Are Throwing Excessive Parties To Dodge Taxes . But will the wining and dining actually put money back in their pockets? Or is the tax angle just a convenient excuse to party up a storm on the company tab?Continue reading →
The three-martini lunch has a long and mostly honorable history as a deductible business expense. As former President Gerald Ford once said, “Where else can you get an earful, a bellyful, and snootful at the same time?” Ford’s successor, famed buzzkill Jimmy Carter, tried (and failed) to cut the deduction from 100% to 50%. The Tax Reform Act of 1986 succeeded in that goal, and today’s business diner has probably switched from martinis to white wine. But old habits die hard — check any happening lunch spot and you’ll find happy diners eating partly on Uncle Sam’s dime.
The rapper-turned-mogul Jay-Z may have 99 problems, but reaching for the check isn’t one. Last month, he treated the president of his Roc Nation Sports talent agency, Juan “OG” Perez, to an epic birthday night in Manhattan. The posse started with dinner at Zuma in midtown, where he dropped $13,000. After dinner, he took them uptown to Made in Mexico for $9,000 worth of drinks. And a group of six stragglers finished off the night at Playroom, where the real fun started.Continue reading →
MTV’s Jersey Shore premiered in late 2009 and quickly became the network’s most-watched series ever. Cast members Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Jennifer “JWoww” Farley, and their outrageous, hard-partying housemates have become New Jersey’s most famous family since … Continue reading →
The last Saturday in August is International Bacon Day here in the United States. (Yes, it’s really a thing.) Hang your bacon decorations and warm up your voice for carols! IBD is your chance to celebrate all things bacon, like … Continue reading →