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George Lucas’s Jedi estate planning ‘Star Wars’ creator’s deal with Disney is a savvy move

Source: marketwatch.com - Nov 2, 2012

In the “Empire Strike Back,” Yoda admonishes Luke Skywalker for spending his life dreaming of the future, “never his mind on where he was … what he was doing.” But at 68, George Lucas,... Read more >

Category: General Business

Looming Tax Hike Motivates Owners to Sell

Source: online.wsj.com - Nov 2, 2012

By JOHN D. MCKINNON A looming increase in the capital-gains tax rate next year is fueling sales of some privately-held businesses. Many business owners—mostly founders who could gain a lot from... Read more >

Category: General Business

Halloween has become big business

Source: wwl.com - Oct 31, 2012

A record 170 million people plan to celebrate Halloween this year with spending up to an expected new all time high of $8 billion dollars according to the National Retail Federation's 2012... Read more >

Category: General Business

Year-End Tax Planning Before The Fiscal Cliff

Source: forbes.com - Oct 31, 2012

Robert A. Green, CPA, Contributor Tax planning is very tricky this year with the fiscal cliff. Most people hope Congress and President Obama will act soon — after the November election and... Read more >

Category: General Business

Analysis: Americans to face tougher 2013 on rising prices, taxes

Source: reuters.com - Oct 31, 2012

By Edward Krudy NEW YORK | Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:25am EDT (Reuters) - Consumers will have to dig deeper into their pockets next year to pay for costlier healthcare, more expensive grocery bills and... Read more >

Category: General Business

Louisiana's Solar Tax Credit Under Review

Source: renewableenergyworld.com - Oct 22, 2012

By Todd C. Elliott, The Eunice News October 16, 2012 Louisiana, USA -- The Louisiana Department of Revenue weighed the future benefits of solar energy at a public hearing last week in Baton... Read more >

Category: Louisiana

Older Americans Against Payroll Tax Cut Extension

Source: tax-news.com - Oct 22, 2012

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com 22 October 2012 Barry Rand, chief executive officer of AARP, the non-profit, non-partisan organization for the over-fifties, with over 37m members, has sent a letter... Read more >

Category: General Business

Study shows Mississippians smoking less since 2009 tax increase

Source: blog.gulflive.com - Oct 22, 2012

By The Associated Press on October 22, 2012 at 8:54 AM, updated October 22, 2012 at 8:57 AM JACKSON, Mississippi -- Higher cigarette taxes may be helping to drive down smoking in Mississippi.... Read more >

Category: General Business

Psst, taxes go up in 2013 for 163 million workers

Source: apnews.myway.com - Oct 22, 2012

Oct 21, 11:31 AM (ET) By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama isn't talking about it and neither is Mitt Romney. But come January, 163 million workers can expect to feel... Read more >

Category: IRS

Energy-efficiency improvements can make New Orleans business owners eligible for low-interest loans

Source: nola.com - Oct 16, 2012

By Richard Thompson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. on October 15, 2012 at 5:14 PM, updated October 15, 2012 at 10:09 PM NOLA Wise, a $15 million city-run program that has made low-interest loans... Read more >

Category: General Business

Harahan property tax to be levied by City Council

Source: nola.com - Oct 16, 2012

By Drew Broach, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on October 15, 2012 at 5:20 PM, updated October 15, 2012 at 10:09 PM Harahan's property tax comes up for a City Council vote Thursday night, and... Read more >

Category: General Business

DEALBOOK; Welcoming Higher Taxes, But Not That High

Source: query.nytimes.com - Oct 16, 2012

By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN Published: October 9, 2012 PARIS -- A little over a year ago, some of the most prominent and wealthy executives in France signed a petition seeking higher taxes on... Read more >

Category: General Business

Drought-Stricken Farmers and Ranchers Have More Time to Replace Livestock, 43 States Affected

Source: irs.gov - Oct 16, 2012

IR-2012-72, Sept. 25, 2012 WASHINGTON — Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, like the drought currently affecting much of the nation, have an... Read more >

Category: General Business

St. John, St. Charles property owners can view tax bill, file appeal

Source: nola.com - Oct 10, 2012

Property owners in St. Charles Parish can view their tax assessments at the assessor's office starting today as part of the state mandated tax roll inspection and correction process. In... Read more >

Category: Louisiana

Tax tactics to make your retirement cash last

Source: finance.yahoo.com - Oct 10, 2012

By Kandice Bridges | Bankrate.com What's your biggest challenge in retirement, besides making your money last for your lifetime? It's taking retirement plan distributions in such a way as to... Read more >

Category: General Business