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Businesses Push Workers to Mobilize Before Tax Revamp

Companies and trade groups turn their tax wish-lists into talking points as federal tax overhaul looms
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Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 20:19

OMAHA, Neb.—In the parking lot outside Elliott Equipment Co.’s manufacturing plant here last month, more than a hundred employees gathered in front of a banner-bedecked truck, its raised boom flying an American flag 30 feet overhead, to hear from the company’s chief executive and the local congressman.

Lobbyists as Directors Test Rules for Corporate Boards

Directors at some companies are paid to lobby for those firms or allied trade groups, while also helping set the CEO’s pay
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 15:23

At Louisiana health-care company LHC Group Inc., the board’s compensation committee has approved a 90% raise for the chief executive over

Elvis and a Big Hunk o’ Tax Breaks

Expansion of Graceland is benefiting from controversial tax incentives
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Monday, October 5, 2015 - 18:59

Everything about Elvis Presley was big.

U.S. Corporations Increasingly Adjust to Mind the GAAP

The use of figures that exclude certain items is becoming more prominent in corporate filings
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Monday, December 14, 2015 - 20:28

A financial obfuscation of the dot-com era is making a comeback: Hundreds of U.S. companies are trumpeting adjusted net income, adjusted sales and “adjusted Ebitda.”

Boards Get More Independent, but Ties Endure

Outside directors have connections to companies and executives they oversee
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 15:16

Shareholders like their corporate boards stocked with independent directors—men and women unencumbered by close ties to the company or its executives.

New Rule to Lift Veil on Tax Breaks

Accounting standard will require government officials to disclose value of property, sales and income taxes that have been waived
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 17:50

Cities and states have plied companies with tax breaks for decades hoping to attract jobs and commerce. A new accounting standard will force many to disclose the total annual cost.

How Google, GE and U.S. Firms Play the Tax ‘Audit Lottery’

Big Companies Have Amassed $188 Billion in Tax Benefits the IRS May Reject
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 16:02

Buried deep in American companies’ securities filings is an indicator for how aggressively they are working to shield their income from the Internal Revenue Service and other tax authorities.

Here is how four companies are ignoring their shareholders’ votes

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Forget majority rules. In US-style corporate elections, it’s rarely so simple.

Investors can complain as loudly and clearly as they like, but corporate boards are often free to ignore them, with few or no immediate consequences. That’s true whether the protest involves ousting a board member or changing how the company does business.

Lucrative Consulting Fees Reach Bigger Set

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Monday, November 19, 2012 - 19:45

When Samuel J. Palmisano retires next month, he'll enjoy a generous goodbye present: The former International Business Machines Corp. chief will earn $20,000 for any day he spends four hours advising his longtime employer.

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