Cadillac Tax Man Cometh After HSAs

If you drive a car, I'll tax the street If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat If you get too cold I'll tax the heat If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet Taxman! Cos I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman George Harrison's classic Beatles tune is often cited when we get upset with the IRS for any number of reasons. But I suppose that is a bit like getting upset with the German Shepherd when its owner looks at your terrified face and yells, "SICK 'EM!" Our argument should not be with the German Shepherd, as much as the feeling of one's arm being caught in its jaws might persuade us otherwise. Our focus should be on the owner that holds the leash. BEWARE OF DOG because here he comes again. Th

The End of the Internet As We Know It?

Apparently, Thursday will mark the day the internet died. Who knew? From the WSJ: The permissionless Internet, which allows anyone to introduce a website, app or device without government review, ends this week. On Thursday the three Democrats among the five commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission will vote to regulate the Internet under rules written for monopoly utilities. ... The more than 300 pages of new regulations are secret, but Mr. Wheeler says they will subject the Internet to the key provisions of Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, under which the FCC oversaw Ma Bell. Title II authorizes the commission to decide what “charges” and “practices” are “just an

Are Uber Drivers Entitled to Workers' Comp?

One wonders if Uber can survive today's regulation state. Apparently, Uber drivers in California, driving their own cars and working their own hours, believe they should be considered employees rather than independent contractors. If California courts agree, they will be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. They might win in court, but will they still have jobs if they do? From Business Insurance: In separate lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, plaintiffs seeking to represent Uber and Lyft drivers nationwide base their allegations on California's labor law, since both Uber and Lyft reference the state's law in their driver contracts, said Shannon Liss-Riordan,

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