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Elvis and a Big Hunk o’ Tax Breaks

Expansion of Graceland is benefiting from controversial tax incentives
Original publication date: 
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
Original publication date: 
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
Original publication date: 
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
Original publication date: 
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
Original publication date: 
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.

Tribune Staff Would Bear Risk in Financing Buyout

Tax Breaks Abound, But Business Slump Could Hurt Workers
Original publication date: 
Monday, April 2, 2007 (All day)

The best thing about an employee-stock-ownership plan is that it gives workers a stake in their company's future. Which is also, of course, the worst thing about it.

Lucrative Consulting Fees Reach Bigger Set

Original publication date: 
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.

Strange Bedfellows on Health Privacy: ACLU & Microsoft

Original publication date: 
Friday, October 19, 2007 - 15:12

What do the ACLU, Gun Owners of America, the Free Congress Foundation and Microsoft have in common? A hankering for patient privacy, it seems.

Pension Plans Take Healthy Turn --- Rising Markets Aid Big Firms' Funds; Failure Risk Lessens

Original publication date: 
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 (All day)

After years of steep underfunding, pension plans are now healthy, thanks to several years of double-digit investment gains and rising interest rates, separate studies from benefits consultants suggest.

Enron Executives' Benefits Kept on Growing As Retirement Plans of Employees Were Cut

Original publication date: 
Wednesday, January 23, 2002 (All day)

 

At a time when Enron Corp. was cutting back on its employee retirement plans to save money, executive benefits at the energy company kept getting richer.

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