Under federal law, income from growing medical marijuana is ill-gotten gain. It is, however, taxable, as is all income. In some states, growing cannabis is legal for medical purposes and in Colorado, it's legal – period.
Rathana Ung, the former director and officer of Lim's Income Tax and Lim's Tax, Inc., was sentenced to twelve months and a day imprisonment, one year of supervised release, and ordered to pay $103,736 in restitution to the IRS.
Boxer Manny Pacquiao had enough troubles holding off the tax authorities in his Filipino homeland. The BIR of the Republic of Philippines said he owed an enormous tax bill relating to income he earned fighting US matches in 2008 and 2009.
According to a press release by the Global Business Travel Association, a business and travel meetings organization with more than 5,000 members, "taxes levied specifically on travel-related services increased the total tax bill for a traveler by 58 percent in 2013."
Mark Parisi wasn't kidding when he said he would give a testicle to own a shiny new car. That is, for donating his testicle, he expects to receive a "standard fee" of $35,000 with which he plans to buy a car. He just wanted to know if the transaction was taxable.
In a new case decided by the US Supreme Court, the remnants of a tax shelter partially constructed by wily Texas billionaire Billy Joe McCombs – known informally as "Red" – collapsed like a house of cards.
Welcome to our first installment of "Bramwell's Lunch Beat." Each weekday around lunchtime, I'll provide you, the accounting and finance professional, with some bite-sized summaries and links to news articles that may be of interest.