Funny thing about our federal system of government: There’s that complicated tax code that Uncle Sam keeps and the IRS enforces.
Then there’s an even larger patchwork of taxation schemes crafted by 50 state legislatures, all coming up with new ways to extract coin from their citizenry (or create social policy through tax breaks). Some of these regimens are, well, quirky.
We’ve found ten of the strangest ways states tax you and cut you a break—plus a few creative tax dodges—from across the land.
You’ve found your style, you’ve witnessed some of the best music ever created, and you can even live in Margaritaville. But for you, the fun has only just begun.
Do you dream of retiring your days of freezing winters after exiting the full-time work world? The following retirement destinations offer warm climates that, even in January (the coldest month for much the U.S.), rarely see temperatures drop below freezing. In July, the average high temperatures in these locations range from 80℉ to 102℉.
Spoiler alert: Yes, this list includes places in Florida and Hawaii (where the coldest lows are just 52℉ and 64℉—a midsummer night’s dream in the winter for many). But some of our warm-weather retirement destinations may surprise you. Others you might expect, such as in Arizona and Georgia, can actually get pretty cold in the dead of winter, so they didn’t quite make the cut (but they still offer great places you might consider for your retirement).
Check out the following 10 hot spots for a warm retirement.
Effective Tax Rate: 0.32%
Average Home Value: $784,583
Average Property Tax: $2,489
Highest Average Metro Property Tax: Honolulu, $2,853
Total Single-Family Homes: 263,544
Total Property Taxes: $655,859,737
Buying a new or used car can be an intimidating experience. Many car salespeople may pressure you to leave the lot with a purchased vehicle, so it’s crucial you’re armed with information about the cars you are interested in, the budget you can afford, and the value of your trade-in—if you have one. With these details, you have all the tools you need to negotiate properly.
Here are 10 tips and strategies for making sure you get the best-quality vehicle at the lowest price.
Black Friday is known to be the best day of the year to score major discounts on appliances, electronics and clothes. But there are tons of other items that will be heavily discounted on Nov. 24 that should grab your attention. You can make the most of the biggest shopping day of 2017 by taking advantage of Black Friday sales on everything from mattresses to pet supplies.
Whether it’s taking paternity leave, finding time to work out or making sure they get home in time for family dinner every night, leaders of prominent companies are setting examples by prioritizing themselves, their families and their health over spending long hours in the office.
Recently, after the birth of his second daughter in August, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed he would be taking advantage of the company’s generous paternity leave policy by checking out of the office for two months. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki makes sure that she gets home by 6 p.m. every night to have dinner with her five children.
Whether it’s taking time off for vacation or quality time to spend with their kids, leaders around the world are setting positive examples for striking the perfect balance between work and play. Here are 10 ways leaders are setting the risk work-life balance examples.
A Big Ol’ Bowl That’ll Keep You Full for Hours
Chicken and rice bowl with gochujang ranch
There’s nothing quite like the electricity and fever of watching a big game in the stadium, surrounded by thousands of rabid fans. But the sports bar comes mighty close, and some might say reaches its own level of bliss as a gathering place that offers a unique version of the live sporting experience. The sports bar has come to hold a special place in a spectator’s heart – it’s where you can collectively experience the triumphs, the heartaches, and the last-minute surprises of any game.
The American sports bar dates as far back as the early twentieth century, writes Kevin Roose for ESPN. It began when runners would take the scores of the games from the stadiums and “run” them back to patrons. While Prohibition effectively killed bars in general during the 1920s, the advent of television and televised games brought the sports bar roaring back.
What’s made the American sports bar what it is today goes far past the TV (though it certainly helps to be watching the game on a 10-foot projector screen). Today’s best sports bars reimagine what the collective sports-watching experience can be. Some fans may want the loud, rowdy atmosphere at bars like Boston’s The Fours or Atlanta’s Stats. Others may want the updated bar food that brings the comfort of home cooking to the game, like Mesa, Arizona’s The Draft Sports Grill. Still others may want a more plush experience, for which Emeril Lagasse’s Las Vegas outpost, Lagasse’s Stadium, fits the bill. And then there are those who may just want to feel surrounded by the sports legends of the past, for which we recommend the “sports museum” at Chappell’s in Kansas City, Missouri.
We went deep into the outfield to compile our list of the best sports bars in America: We reached out to our wide network of contributors, combed through scores of local “best-of lists” and fan reviews, and asked our readers to nominate and vote for their favorites.
Those bars that made our list offer food, drinks, entertainment, and an atmosphere as electric as (or sometimes more electric than) the sporting events themselves. But no matter the amenities, what makes these 50 sports bars truly great comes down to the heart of the operation: the fans.
The 50 Best Sports Bars in America There’s nothing quite like the electricity and fever of watching a big game in the stadium, surrounded by thousands of rabid fans. But the sports bar comes mighty close, and some might say reaches its own level of bliss as a gathering place that offers a unique version of the live sporting experience. The sports bar has come to hold a special place in a spectator’s heart – it’s where you can collectively experience the triumphs, the heartaches, and the last-minute surprises of any game.
There’s nothing better than unwinding after a long day with a tall glass of vino.
But what if your white wine isn’t cold enough yet, your trusty corkscrew breaks, or you slop red wine down your favorite white button-up?
Never fear, because in honor of National Wine Day, we’ve rounded up the best tips that every oenophile should know. Keep scrolling to see our hacks.