If a sudden bout of depression came on yesterday (April 1), it's probably because you have to do your taxes soon -- for real this time. Part of what's sparking this depression is this fact: The IRS estimates that it takes over 20 hours for the average person to file their federal and state taxes. ... More >>
We all know (and enjoy) that sweet taste of taking something for nothing, but it always feels a little wrong. Now that Tax Day is over, let the shaming begin. According to the 2012 National Taxpayer Advocate, California has the highest number of tax cheats in the nation, with San Francisco ... More >>
If you're looking for a good reason to get your taxes done this year -- other than getting screwed by the IRS -- here's something that might stimulate you.On Friday April 12 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Trojan will be handing out free vibrators at The Box in the seedy heart of SOMA. Finally, a way ... More >>
Our friends over at SFist today posted a reminder that it's been one year since federal agents -- mostly the IRS, though DEA and US Marshals were on scene -- raided the campus of Oakland marijuana grow college Oaksterdam University and the offices and apartment of its founder, cannabis legalization ... More >>
The big news this week is both Gardein and Trader Joe's have come out with vegan Thanksgiving "loafs" of sorts. You better make your pro and con lists now because you can get BOTH of these AND a Field Roast loaf! Or you totally can and be awesome. See Also: - Homeless Roosters, Singing Pigs, ... More >>
High FICO score be damned: Your credit is no longer any good at California medical marijuana dispensaries, whose accounts with credit-card processors have been canceled, thanks to pressure from the federal government.Merchant services providers -- the intermediaries between retailers and credit card ... More >>
The Mexican food competition in this city is fierce. There are great burrito joints and margarita offerings in every direction. Perhaps Marino and Nicole Sandoval, owners of the El Balazo chain, were just wanting a little boost when they stiffed the feds on taxes and hired undocumented immigrants fo ... More >>
The federal Justice Department does not yet have Richard Lee's head. But in the wake of a multi-agency raid on Oaksterdam University, they have his business.The "cannabis college," Oakland's best known institution of higher learning -- sorry, Mills, but you don't teach people to grow weed -- is now ... More >>
On the day the federal government wished HopeNet to close, the operators of San Francisco's oldest licensed and taxpaying medical marijuana dispensary prepared accordingly: They grilled hot dogs."We made about 220," said Catherine Smith, whose Ninth Street medical cannabis dispensary is one of the n ... More >>
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Fune Ya Japanese Restaurant is in hot water in with the IRS -- marking the third Richmond District restaurant in recent months to head to court. SFGate reports cash receipts in boxes marked "seasoned octo ... More >>
For Paul Chabot, the War on Drugs is personal indeed: Before he became a Navy man, a campus cop, and a former National Drug Control Policy staffer, he was in drug rehab for alcohol and marijuana addiction himself -- at the young age of 12, according to his online bio.In his latest tactical maneuv ... More >>
IJamie SojaClothing is collected in Campus California's Bay Area dropoff boxes.n this week's SF Weekly cover story I explore apparent links between clothes donation boxes sprouting throughout the Bay Area and a business empire reputedly run by a Danish fugitive. The story cites credible evidence ... More >>
Tax delinquency: an American traditionNobody likes paying taxes. Granted, not all of us are "angry" enough about them to don a tricorne hat and start ranting about the Nafta Superhighway and the Federal Reserve. But the chunk of money Uncle Sam takes out of your paycheck every two weeks -- not to ... More >>
You've got a friend in high placesAs if raids from gun-toting Drug Enforcement Agency agents weren't enough to make stoners paranoid, California's medical marijuana clubs can also be shut down real fast by the IRS. That's because the Internal Revenue Service has declared that California's legal m ... More >>
Balancing the state budget with marijuanaIt was big news for taxpayers and medical cannabis advocates alike when the Board of Equalization informed mega-dispensary Berkeley Patients Group that it owed some $6.4 million in back taxes. And now it appears that BPG's run-in with the taxman is not an ... More >>
Thanks for placing your overdue-book fines in my pocketThe San Francisco Symphony will receive $2.6 million in taxpayer subsidies during the current fiscal year. Nonetheless, it charges the San Francisco Public Library an additional $480 per year for dropping off old programs, the San Francisco c ... More >>
Wesley Snipes: Tax protester and vampire hunterThe leader of the nation's Libertarian Party said today he's outraged that Wesley Snipes has been sentenced to three years in prison, citing it as an example of the IRS' unfair "selective enforcement," and of the fact evaders evade because "THE TAX I ... More >>
Don't mess with the IRS...Two more alleged muggers are under arrest in the unusual case of an armed IRS agent shooting down her purported attackers. In addition to the alleged robber hospitalized Thursday morning after taking a bullet to the torso, San Francisco Police announce they've now arrest ... More >>
A mugger's got to know his limitations...An alleged mugger learned the hard way that you don't mess with the IRS. At around midnight, an on-duty agent with the Internal Revenue Service's criminal investigation division was walking through the 100 block of Marlin Court. The agent was accosted by a ... More >>
Don't mess with the IRS...The news that an on-duty IRS special agent shot an alleged mugger at around midnight this morning in Hunters Point was something of a head-scratcher. Sure, armed IRS special agents investigate money-laundering, fraud cases, and ponzi schemes. But how many ponzi schemes a ... More >>
Yesterday we reported that nearly eight of every 10 tax forms received by the IRS by early April was sent electronically. This put members of the United States Postal Service in the position of another blue-uniformed figure with little to do: The Maytag repairman. With the late-evening Tax Night ... More >>
He can't save you now, tax procrastinator...IRS statistics reveal 80 percent of returns have been e-filed this year. In the good old days, folks who'd left their taxes until on or about April 15 could count on hordes of postal workers swarming the streets to grab the tax forms out of their hands ... More >>
Click on photo for a larger versionThose of you who read our print edition may have stumbled across the above poetry stuffed into SF Weekly's boxes of late. It turns out this was the "News Poem" of the day via a Web site called toylit.blogspot.com. On this site, one Khakjaan Wessington forbids an ... More >>
Mysterious organizations in the Bay Area profess to be advocating for liberal causes. In truth, they appear to be part of a secretive group with a bizarre radical past.
Fifteen fabulous ways to stimulate the local economy.
Muni's bogus tax shelter and theGuardian's bogus lawsuit.
Why does Gavin Newsom need a backer like the California Urban Issues Project?
Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams
Two macho men and the bitchy bodybuilding world that surrounds -- and, perhaps, spawned -- the BALCO steroids case
Week of Wednesday, February 11, 2004
The federal government looks to eliminate abusive tax shelters, and it may cost San Francisco tens of millions of dollars
Josh Kornbluth leaves us helpless with laughter and pleasantly lost
Week of May 22, 2002
Previous "creative financing" debacles should haunt city officials who've approved a risky $1 billion lease of Muni streetcars
Why is Muni in such a hurry to win approval for a blindingly complex, potentially risky, $1 billion plan to privatize the city's rail fleet?
Cleaning Up the Cash; A Group Hug; Burning Bush; Correction
Hoochie Nation; Dot-Commers and Taxes
Community or Crime Syndicate? Feds bust online trading scheme
In 1995, Golden ADA Inc., a San Francisco diamond-importing firm, collapsed, unveiling an international trail of theft and betrayal that embarrassed San Francisco luminaries involved with the company. Now, newly unsealed court files show that high-level m
Sixteen years ago, Randy Shaw started a housing clinic with $50 and a good idea: educating tenants. Now he's got more than $900,000 a year to spend -- and clout to match.