2014

Is the Justification for the United States’ System of Worldwide Taxation A Hoax (Part II)?
Listen In Part I, I argued that the benefits rationale – in terms of the public benefits received by citizens – was an unpersuasive justification for the U.S.’s system of worldwide taxation. I continue my rant in Part II, examining the practical effects of worldwide taxation on non-resident U.S. citizens. Through a labyrinth of “credits, …
Should A Convicted Congressman Be Allowed To Keep His Seat In Congress And Continue To Receive Benefits?
Listen Seems like politicians are having a problem staying out of trouble these days. The latest one to “bite the dust” did so in grand fashion, not failing to live up to the hypocrisy that makes for scintillating newspaper headlines. Who was this person? None other than United States Congressman, Michael Grimm. To use a …
Bank Leumi Enters Into Non-Prosecution Agreement With Department of Justice; Agrees To Release More Than 1,000 U.S. Account Holder Names
Listen In order to avoid a fate similar to UBS, Bank Leumi recently admitted to engaging in some tax “hanky panky.” One of the largest banks in Israel, Leumi admitted that it helped U.S. taxpayers evade their taxes. How so? By helping these individuals to hide their income and assets in offshore accounts in Israel …
Court Authorizes IRS To Issue John Doe Summonses For Records Relating to U.S. Clients Who Used A Shell Company To Conceal Offshore Accounts
Listen On December 18, 2014, U.S. District Judge Vernon S. Broderick entered an order authorizing the IRS to issue summonses requiring the following companies to produce information about U.S. taxpayers who allegedly evaded federal taxes by using the services of Sovereign Management & Legal Ltd. (Sovereign): • Federal Express Corporation, doing business as FedEx Express, …
Is the Justification for the United States’ System of Worldwide Taxation A Hoax (Part I)?
Listen The U.S. is one of the only countries left in the world that still taxes its citizens and residents on their worldwide income, regardless of where it is earned. In order to understand the debate, some background information about the different forms of worldwide taxation is necessary. There are two ways in which a nation …
What If Your Freedom Was In The Hands Of The Public Defender?
Listen As a former public defender, I’ve had the honor of standing up for the poor, the forgotten, and the damned. This is the very essence of being a zealous advocate. My colleagues in the public defender’s office are some of the best trial attorneys I know. They are skilled, energetic, courageous, and ambitious. They are guardians of liberty and defend their …
Nuts & Bolts of Storytelling For Public Speakers: How to Raise the Stakes
Listen Learning how to raise the stakes in a story is hugely important. The problem that storytellers encounter more often then any other when telling their stories is failing to show the audience that there were high stakes. When you find yourself going “Whoa…!” during a story, or when you find yourself moving to the edge of your seat anxious to …
Nuts & Bolts of Storytelling For Public Speakers: How to Tell An Unforgettable Story
Listen SIGNIFICANT DETAILS As you may have heard before, it’s better to be specific than general most of the time. Like, “the bright pink tulip in the window” is better than “a flower.” It’s said that great criminals and sociopaths are especially good at including specific details in their alibis, because specific details read as …
Harnessing The Power of Fear in Public Speaking – Tips & Tricks For An Unforgettable Presentation: Part II
Listen When you hear the words “professional speaker,” do they conjure up a particular image in your mind? What exactly does a professional speaker look and sound like? What are some of the traits that successful speakers have in common? Before we delve into this, let me take you back to 1997. That was the …