Airbnb decided to voluntarily release data in December to show just how much of a boon to the local economy the service can be. The problem: Airbnb apparently tampered with the data before they released it.
This week, Airbnb rolled out a series of ads around San Francisco to raise awareness of the $12m or so it raises for the city through hotel taxes. Sadly, the effect was passive-aggressive — and it’s now at the receiving end of biting criticism.
The European Union's antitrust office has published a preliminary report about a tax deal between Amazon and the Luxembourg government. Long story short: it seems "unfair" and may have enabled Amazon to underpay taxes for a decade or more. There's more to come, but Amazon could soon foot a hefty set of retrospective…
Tens of thousands of peaceful Hungarians marched again in the streets and on the bridges of Budapest on Tuesday—continuing the demonstration against the proposed internet tax.
There was something strange in the air in Budapest on Sunday evening. Mostly, it was computer parts and outdated peripherals—flying through the closed windows of the headquarters of the ruling political party, called Fidesz.
When the IRS began using computers in the early 60s, there was national outrage: how could a machine be trusted to look after our finances? This 10-minute video, fresh from the archives, was an attempt to convince people that everything would be OK.
The design of disco supergroup Abba's stagewear was not just influenced by the sequined needs of being a dancing queen; the design of their clothes was also a form of tax evasion.
A Congressional investigation found that Apple has avoided BILLIONS in taxes. Senator John McCain said, “Apple claims to be the largest U.S. corporate taxpayer, but by sheer size and scale, it is also among America’s largest tax avoiders.” [NY Times]
That massive online sales tax hike that senators were pushing through? Yeah, it's looking more and more likely. The US senate just held a final vote on the Internet Sales tax issue and it passed 69-27, getting support from both Democrats and Republicans.
When you're a company as big as Apple, saving on tax bills is important—especially when they're in the billions. Fortunately its team of accountants has just managed to save it a cool $9.2 billion.
A band of pro-tax Senators are attempting to rush through policy that would see online sales tax being paid even in states that don't have sales tax.
According to an international financial statement filed by Apple, the company manages to pay just 1.9 percent income tax on its foreign earnings, meaning it pays a mere $713 million in tax on earnings of $36.8 billion.
Californians. Dudes. Dudettes. The gig is up, folks. Starting midnight, Amazon customers in the Golden State of California will have to start paying tax on purchases made on Amazon and "other large internet retailers". Go click crazy now while you can!
One of the cornerstones of Amazon's business has been avoiding sales taxes; because their transactions are online, you don't have to pay Uncle Sam with every purchase. And now, thanks to some maneuvering around a proposed California law, you'll remain off the hook for another year.
You'd think the UK government would be able to at least afford A4 paper for its printers, considering the amount we pay in taxes. But according to The Telegraph, the HMRC forgot to order enough paper to print tax reminders.
At the end of June, a bill will be floated at Capitol Hill, proposing Amazon start collecting sales tax from its customers. Meaning, in essence, that online shopping could become more expensive.
Just looking at its name, you would never guess that The Main Street Fairness Act has to do with online commerce, but it does. Not only will it increase the cost of online shopping, it may change the way companies like Amazon do business.
It's tax day! Do you feel that sense of relief? Or depression? Or are you now panicked because you forgot about them? Either way, wouldn't you like to know where your hard-earned money is going? Now you can, with WhereDidMyTaxDollarsGo.com, which was the winner of the Data Viz Challenge. Just type in how much you earn…