Jobless Claims in U.S. Fall to Lowest Level Since July 2008 [Bloomberg]
Initial U.S. jobless claims fell last week to the lowest level since July 2008, a sign that the labor market is improving heading into 2011. First-time filings for unemployment insurance decreased by 34,000 to 388,000 in the week ended Dec. 25, compared with the median forecast of 415,000 in a Bloomberg News survey, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. There were no special factors behind the drop, an official at the agency said as the data were released.
Xzibit no longer enjoying a pimped lifestyle [Tax Watchdog]
Pimp My Ride getting cancelled was a serious blow.
Better information, better decision-making [WaPo]
A new comptroller general for Congress to ignore.
Glassdoor.com Reveals Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions of 2010 [PR Newswire]
From Deloitte, “How many ridges [are there] around a quarter?”
Don’t Try This, Governor Brantstad (or Governor Culver) [Tax Update Blog]
Looney excuse of the day for not paying taxes.
Tattoos, body piercings, and accounting firms [AW]
Will sleeves soon be allowed year-round at the Big 4?
Eight questions for planning to grow in 2011 [CPA Success]
Tom Hood. Doing his thing.
Looking into the Crystal Ball for Tax Policy in 2011 [Tax Foundation]
Because President Obama and the Congress extended the Bush era tax cuts, taxpayers will wake up on January 1st without the hangover of higher taxes. There will be no increase in tax rates, the marriage penalty relief will remain, the child credit will be the same, and the lower rates on dividends and capital gains will all be the same.
Going for the auditors [The Economist]
The Economist finally gets into the act, “One possible outcome is a settlement in which E&Y agrees to co-operate with the prosecutors in cases they may bring against Lehman’s former executives. If so, the fines and sanctions suffered by the auditing firm and its partners may be stiff but not ruinous. After all, no one wants to cause the fall of another big accounting firm.”