Georges Marciano, co-founder of the clothing company Guess? Inc. and ostensibly in no trouble with IRS, nonetheless demanded in 2009 that the agency audit him over the previous several years.
IRS turned him down, and he sued the agency in federal court in Washington, D.C., but in July, a judge rejected the case, declaring that federal law and the U.S. Constitution do not give anyone a “right” to demand that IRS collect more taxes from them.
Marciano perhaps hoped for IRS to uncover cheating by his former employees and accountants, whom he thought were stealing from him.
Paying higher taxes might have been worth it if the agency had made it easier for him to sue any cheaters.
A Singaporean army draftee caused a public stir when he was photographed by a visitor as he underwent physical training in army fatigues but with his maid following behind him carrying his backpack on her shoulders.
Army officials told reporters the draftee had since been “counseled.”
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