Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited referred to as Deloitte, is a multinational professional services network. Deloitte is one of the "Big Four" accounting organizations and the largest professional services network in the world by revenue and number of professionals. Deloitte provides audit, consulting, enterprise risk and financial advisory services with more than 286,200 professionals globally. In FY 2018, the network earned a record $43.2 billion USD in aggregate revenues. As of 2017, Deloitte is the 4th largest owned company in the United States; as of 2015, Deloitte has the highest market share in auditing among the top 500 companies in India. Deloitte has been ranked number one by market share in consulting by Gartner, for the fourth consecutive year, Kennedy Consulting Research and Advisory ranks Deloitte number one in both global consulting and management consulting based on aggregate revenue. In 1845, William Welch Deloitte opened an office in United Kingdom. Deloitte was the first person to be appointed an independent auditor of a public company, namely the Great Western Railway.
He went on to open an office in New York in 1880. In 1890, Deloitte opened a branch office on Wall Street headed by Edward Adams and P. D. Griffiths as branch managers; that was Deloitte's first overseas venture. Other branches were soon opened in Chicago and Buenos Aires. in 1898 P. D. Griffiths became a partner in the London office. In 1896, Charles Waldo Haskins and Elijah Watt Sells formed Sells in New York, it was described as "the first major auditing firm to be established in the country by American rather than British accountants". In 1898, George Touche established an office in London and in 1900, joined John Ballantine Niven in establishing the firm of Touche Niven in the Johnston Building at 30 Broad Street in New York. On 1 March 1933, Colonel Arthur Hazelton Carter, President of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and managing partner of Haskins & Sells, testified before the U. S. Senate Committee on Banking and Currency. Carter helped convince Congress. In 1947, Detroit accountant George Bailey president of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, launched his own organization.
The new entity enjoyed such a positive start that in less than a year, the partners merged with Touche Niven and A. R. Smart to form Touche, Bailey & Smart. Headed by Bailey, the organization grew in part by creating a dedicated management consulting function, it forged closer links with organizations established by the co-founder of Touche Niven, George Touche: the Canadian organization Ross and the British organization George A. Touche. In 1960, the firm was renamed Touche, Bailey & Smart, becoming Touche Ross in 1969. In 1968 Nobuzo Tohmatsu formed Tohmatsu Aoki & Co, a firm based in Japan, to become part of the Touche Ross network in 1975. In 1972 Robert Trueblood, Chairman of Touche Ross, led the committee responsible for recommending the establishment of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. In 1952, Deloitte's firm merged with Sells to form Deloitte Haskins & Sells. In 1989, Deloitte Haskins & Sells merged with Touche Ross in the USA to form Touche; the merged firm was led jointly by Edward A. Kangas.
Led by the UK partnership, a smaller number of Deloitte Haskins & Sells member firms rejected the merger with Touche Ross and shortly thereafter merged with Coopers & Lybrand to form Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte. Some member firms of Touche Ross rejected the merger with Deloitte Haskins & Sells and merged with other firms. In UK, Touche Ross merged with Spicer & Oppenheim in 1990. At the time of the US-led mergers to form Deloitte & Touche, the name of the international firm was a problem, because there was no worldwide exclusive access to the names "Deloitte" or "Touche Ross" – key member firms such as Deloitte in the UK and Touche Ross in Australia had not joined the merger; the name DRT International was therefore chosen, referring to Deloitte and Tohmatsu. In 1993, the international firm was renamed Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. In 1995, the partners of Deloitte & Touche decided to create Touche Consulting Group. In 2000, Deloitte acquired Eclipse to add Internet design-based solutions to its consulting capabilities.
Eclipse was separated into Deloitte Online and Deloitte Digital. In 2002, Arthur Andersen's UK practice, the firm's largest practice outside the US, agreed to merge with Deloitte's UK practice. Andersen's practices in Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico and Canada agreed to merge with Deloitte; the spinoff of Deloitte France's consulting division led to the creation of Ineum Consulting. In 2005, Deloitte acquired Beijing Pan-China CPA to become the largest accountancy firm in China. Just prior to this acquisition Deloitte China had about 3,200 employees; this acquisition was part of a five-year plan to invest $150 million in China. Deloitte has had a presence in China since 1917. In 2007, Deloitte began hiring former employees of the Central Intelligence Agency for their competitive intelligence unit known as Deloitte Intelligence. In 2009, Deloitte purchased the North American public service practice of BearingPoint for $350 million after it filed for bankruptcy protection. Deloitte LLP took over the UK property consultants Drivers Jonas in January 2010.
As of 2013, this business unit was known as Deloitte Real Estate. In 2011, Deloitte acquired DOMANI Sustainability Consulting and ClearCarbon Consulting in orde
Government debt contrasts to the annual government budget deficit, a flow variable that equals the difference between government receipts and spending in a single year. The debt is a stock variable, measured at a specific point in time, it is the accumulation of all prior deficits. Government debt can be categorized as external debt. Another common division of government debt is by duration. Short term debt is considered to be for one year or less, long term debt is for more than ten years. Medium term debt falls between these two boundaries. A broader definition of government debt may consider all government liabilities, including future pension payments and payments for goods and services which the government has contracted but not yet paid. Governments create debt by issuing government bills. Less creditworthy countries sometimes borrow directly from a supranational organization or international financial institutions. Monetarily sovereign countries that issue debt denominated in their home currency can make payments on the interest or principal of government debt by creating money, although at the risk of higher inflation.
In this way their debt is different from that of households. Thus such government bonds are at least as safe as any other bonds denominated in the same currency. A central government with its own currency can pay for its nominal spending by creating money ex novo, although typical arrangements leave money creation to central banks. In this instance, a government issues securities to the public not to raise funds, but instead to remove excess bank reserves and'...create a shortage of reserves in the market so that the system as a whole must come to the Bank for liquidity.' During the Early Modern era, European monarchs would default on their loans or arbitrarily refuse to pay them back. This made financiers wary of lending to the king and the finances of countries that were at war remained volatile; the creation of the first central bank in England—an institution designed to lend to the government—was an expedient by William III of England for the financing of his war against France. He engaged a syndicate of city merchants to offer for sale an issue of government debt.
This syndicate soon evolved into the Bank of England financing the wars of the Duke of Marlborough and Imperial conquests. The establishment of the bank was devised by Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, in 1694, to the plan, proposed by William Paterson three years before, but had not been acted upon, he proposed a loan of £1.2m to the government. The Royal Charter was granted on 27 July through the passage of the Tonnage Act 1694; the founding of the Bank of England revolutionised public finance and put an end to defaults such as the Great Stop of the Exchequer of 1672, when Charles II had suspended payments on his bills. From on, the British Government would never fail to repay its creditors. In the following centuries, other countries in Europe and around the world adopted similar financial institutions to manage their government debt. 1815, at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, British government debt reached a peak of more than 200% of GDP. A government bond is a bond issued by a national government.
Such bonds are most denominated in the country's domestic currency. Sovereigns can issue debt in foreign currencies: 70% of all debt in 2000 was denominated in US dollars. Government bonds are sometimes regarded as risk-free bonds, because national governments can if necessary create money de novo to redeem the bond in their own currency at maturity. Although many governments are prohibited by law from creating money directly, central banks may provide finance by buying government bonds, sometimes referred to as monetizing the debt. Government debt, synonymous to sovereign debt, can be issued either in domestic or foreign currencies. Investors in sovereign bonds denominated in foreign currency have exchange rate risk: the foreign currency might depreciate against the investor's local currency. Sovereigns issuing debt denominated in a foreign currency may furthermore be unable to obtain that foreign currency to service debt. In the 2010 Greek debt crisis, for example, the debt is held by Greece in Euros, one proposed solution is for Greece to go back to issuing its own drachma.
This proposal would only address future debt issuance, leaving substantial existing debts denominated in what would be a foreign currency doubling their cost Public debt is the total of all borrowing of a government, minus repayments denominated in a country's home currency. CIA's World Factbook lists only the percentages of GDP. A debt to GDP ratio is one of the most accepted ways of assessing the significance of a nation's debt. For example, one of the criteria of admission to the European Union's euro currency is that an applicant country's debt should not exceed 60% of that countr
German Taxpayers Federation
The German Taxpayers Federation is an association established in 1949 by Karl Bräuer. Its main aims are the reduction of taxation and public spending, as well as the reduction of bureaucracy and public debt. Website des Bundes der Steuerzahler
Filthy Lucre: Economics for People Who Hate Capitalism
Filthy Lucre: Economics for People Who Hate Capitalism is a 2009 book by Joseph Heath. The book is organized around twelve fallacies or myths associated with economics, six of which are common on the left, six of which are common on the right, it considers. A United States edition of the book was released in 2010 under the title Economics without Illusions: Debunking the Myths of Modern Capitalism; the recent economic downturn has seen a rise in books on capitalism and the market. The book is intended to clarify core ideas in economics which he feels are systematically misunderstood; as in The efficient society, Heath argues that the government should operate only in markets where a collective action problem occurs and not in markets where this problem is absent. In these good-competition markets Heath defends price gouging and free trade. In bad-competition markets Heath argues that by risk-pooling the government provides a natural and optimal solution for everyone, he defends the free market against the lump of labour argument, arguing that increases in efficiency are win-win situations despite job loss and other consequences.
He describes international trade as non-exploitative. Trade specialization increases efficiency thereby increasing the price value of one's labour; this is. In the book Heath criticizes the idea that tax-paying is inherently different from consumption, that the idea of a tax freedom day is flawed: It would make just as much sense to declare an annual "mortgage freedom day", in order to let mortgage owners know what day they "stop working for the bank and start working for themselves".... But who cares? Homeowners are not "working for the bank". After all, they're the ones living in the house, not the bank manager. Freakonomics Predictably Irrational
In economics, inflation is a sustained increase in the general price level of goods and services in an economy over a period of time. When the general price level rises, each unit of currency buys services; the measure of inflation is the inflation rate, the annualized percentage change in a general price index the consumer price index, over time. The opposite of inflation is deflation. Inflation affects economies in various negative ways; the negative effects of inflation include an increase in the opportunity cost of holding money, uncertainty over future inflation which may discourage investment and savings, if inflation were rapid enough, shortages of goods as consumers begin hoarding out of concern that prices will increase in the future. Positive effects include reducing unemployment due to nominal wage rigidity, allowing the central bank more leeway in carrying out monetary policy, encouraging loans and investment instead of money hoarding, avoiding the inefficiencies associated with deflation.
Economists believe that the high rates of inflation and hyperinflation are caused by an excessive growth of the money supply. Views on which factors determine low to moderate rates of inflation are more varied. Low or moderate inflation may be attributed to fluctuations in real demand for goods and services, or changes in available supplies such as during scarcities. However, the consensus view is that a long sustained period of inflation is caused by money supply growing faster than the rate of economic growth. Today, most economists favor a steady rate of inflation. Low inflation reduces the severity of economic recessions by enabling the labor market to adjust more in a downturn, reduces the risk that a liquidity trap prevents monetary policy from stabilizing the economy; the task of keeping the rate of inflation low and stable is given to monetary authorities. These monetary authorities are the central banks that control monetary policy through the setting of interest rates, through open market operations, through the setting of banking reserve requirements.
Rapid increases in the quantity of money or in the overall money supply have occurred in many different societies throughout history, changing with different forms of money used. For instance, when gold was used as currency, the government could collect gold coins, melt them down, mix them with other metals such as silver, copper, or lead, reissue them at the same nominal value. By diluting the gold with other metals, the government could issue more coins without increasing the amount of gold used to make them; when the cost of each coin is lowered in this way, the government profits from an increase in seigniorage. This practice would increase the money supply but at the same time the relative value of each coin would be lowered; as the relative value of the coins becomes lower, consumers would need to give more coins in exchange for the same goods and services as before. These goods and services would experience a price increase. Song Dynasty China introduced the practice of printing paper money to create fiat currency.
During the Mongol Yuan Dynasty, the government spent a great deal of money fighting costly wars, reacted by printing more money, leading to inflation. Fearing the inflation that plagued the Yuan dynasty, the Ming Dynasty rejected the use of paper money, reverted to using copper coins. Large infusions of gold or silver into an economy led to inflation. From the second half of the 15th century to the first half of the 17th, Western Europe experienced a major inflationary cycle referred to as the "price revolution", with prices on average rising sixfold over 150 years; this was caused by the sudden influx of gold and silver from the New World into Habsburg Spain. The silver spread throughout a cash-starved Europe and caused widespread inflation. Demographic factors contributed to upward pressure on prices, with European population growth after depopulation caused by the Black Death pandemic. By the nineteenth century, economists categorized three separate factors that cause a rise or fall in the price of goods: a change in the value or production costs of the good, a change in the price of money, a fluctuation in the commodity price of the metallic content in the currency, currency depreciation resulting from an increased supply of currency relative to the quantity of redeemable metal backing the currency.
Following the proliferation of private banknote currency printed during the American Civil War, the term "inflation" started to appear as a direct reference to the currency depreciation that occurred as the quantity of redeemable banknotes outstripped the quantity of metal available for their redemption. At that time, the term inflation referred to the devaluation of the currency, not to a rise in the price of goods; this relationship between the over-supply of banknotes and a resulting depreciation in their value was noted by earlier classical economists such as David Hume and David Ricardo, who would go on to examine and debate what effect a currency devaluation has on the price of goods. The adoption of fiat currency by many countries, from the 18th century onwards, made much larger variations in the supply of money possible. Rapid increases in the money supply have taken place a number of times in countries experiencing political crises, produ
Taxation in the United States
The United States of America has separate federal and local governments with taxes imposed at each of these levels. Taxes are levied on income, property, capital gains, imports and gifts, as well as various fees. In 2010, taxes collected by federal and municipal governments amounted to 24.8% of GDP. In the OECD, only Chile and Mexico are taxed less as a share of their GDP. However, taxes fall much more on labor income than on capital income. Divergent taxes and subsidies for different forms of income and spending can constitute a form of indirect taxation of some activities over others. For example, individual spending on higher education can be said to be "taxed" at a high rate, compared to other forms of personal expenditure which are formally recognized as investments. Taxes are imposed on net income of individuals and corporations by the federal, most state, some local governments. Citizens and residents are allowed a credit for foreign taxes. Income subject to tax is determined under tax accounting rules, not financial accounting principles, includes all income from whatever source.
Most business expenses reduce taxable income. Individuals are permitted to reduce taxable income by personal allowances and certain non-business expenses, including home mortgage interest and local taxes, charitable contributions, medical and certain other expenses incurred above certain percentages of income. State rules for determining taxable income differ from federal rules. Federal marginal tax rates vary from 10% to 39.6% of taxable income. State and local tax rates vary by jurisdiction, from 0% to 13.30% of income, many are graduated. State taxes are treated as a deductible expense for federal tax computation, although the 2017 tax law imposed a $10,000 limit on the state and local tax deduction, which raised the effective tax rate on medium and high earners in high tax states. Prior to the SALT deduction limit, the average deduction exceeded $10,000 in most of the Midwest, exceeded $11,000 in most of the Northeastern United States, as well as California and Oregon; the states impacted the most by the limit were California.
The United States is one of two countries in the world that taxes its non-resident citizens on worldwide income, in the same manner and rates as residents. The U. S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of imposition of such a tax in the case of Cook v. Tait. Payroll taxes are imposed by the federal and all state governments; these include Social Security and Medicare taxes imposed on both employers and employees, at a combined rate of 15.3%. Social Security tax applies only to the first $106,800 of wages in 2009 through 2011. However, benefits are only accrued on the first $106,800 of wages. Employers must withhold income taxes on wages. An unemployment tax and certain other levies apply to employers. Payroll taxes have increased as a share of federal revenue since the 1950s, while corporate income taxes have fallen as a share of revenue.. Property taxes are imposed by most local governments and many special purpose authorities based on the fair market value of property. School and other authorities are separately governed, impose separate taxes.
Property tax is imposed only on realty, though some jurisdictions tax some forms of business property. Property tax rules and rates vary with annual median rates ranging from 0.2% to 1.9% of a property's value depending on the state. Sales taxes are imposed by most states and some localities on the price at retail sale of many goods and some services. Sales tax rates vary among jurisdictions, from 0% to 16%, may vary within a jurisdiction based on the particular goods or services taxed. Sales tax is collected by the seller at the time of sale, or remitted as use tax by buyers of taxable items who did not pay sales tax; the United States imposes tariffs or customs duties on the import of many types of goods from many jurisdictions. These tariffs or duties must be paid before the goods can be imported. Rates of duty vary from 0 % based on the particular goods and country of origin. Estate and gift taxes are imposed by the federal and some state governments on the transfer of property inheritance, by will, or by lifetime donation.
Similar to federal income taxes, federal estate and gift taxes are imposed on worldwide property of citizens and residents and allow a credit for foreign taxes. The U. S. has an assortment of federal, state and special-purpose governmental jurisdictions. Each imposes taxes to or fund its operations; these taxes may be imposed on the same income, property or activity without offset of one tax against another. The types of tax imposed at each level of government vary, in part due to constitutional restrictions. Income taxes are imposed at most state levels. Taxes on property are imposed only at the local level, although there may be multiple local jurisdictions that tax the same property. Other excise taxes are imposed by the federal and some state governments. Sales taxes are imposed by many local governments. Customs duties or tariffs are only imposed by the federal government. A wide variety of user fees or license fees are imposed. A federal wealth tax would be required by the U. S. Constitution to be distributed to the States according to their populations, as this type of tax is considered a direct tax.
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Adam Smith Institute
The Adam Smith Institute is a neoliberal think tank and lobbying group based in the United Kingdom and named after Adam Smith, a Scottish moral philosopher and classical economist. The libertarian label was changed to neoliberal on 10 October 2016; the Institute advocates free market and classical liberal ideas via the formation of radical policy options with regard to public choice theory, which political decision makers seek to develop upon. ASI President Madsen Pirie has sought to describe the activity of the organisation as "e propose things which people regard as being on the edge of lunacy; the next thing you know, they're on the edge of policy". The ASI formed the primary intellectual force behind privatisation of state-owned industries during the premiership of Margaret Thatcher and alongside the Centre for Policy Studies and Institute of Economic Affairs advanced a neoliberal approach toward public policy on privatisation, taxation and healthcare. A number of the policies presented by organisation were adopted by the administrations of John Major and Tony Blair and members of the ASI have advised non-United Kingdom governments.
Beyond policy development, the organisation advocates free market ideas through the publication and distribution of literature, the promotion of Tax Freedom Day, the hosting of speaker events for students and young people, media appearances and blogging. Madsen Pirie and brothers Eamonn and Stuart Butler were students together at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Pirie left in 1974 to work for the Republican Study Committee in Washington D. C. and took up a professorship in Philosophy at Hillsdale College. He was joined there by Stuart Butler while Eamonn Butler went to work with Edwin Feulner, who became co-founder and director of the free-market think tank The Heritage Foundation. After their experience in the United States, they returned to the United Kingdom in 1977 to found their own think tank, called the Adam Smith Institute. After a year, Stuart Butler returned to the United States as Vice President of the Heritage in charge of domestic policy while Eamonn Butler remained with Madsen Pirie as co-directors of the Institute.
One of their St Andrews friends, Douglas Mason, active in the university's Conservative Association, did his most influential research and writing for the Institute. Mason became one of its regular authors; the ASI's Omega Project led by Peter Young produced a series of 19 papers shadowing each Department of State and advocated such things as the compulsory contracting-out of most local services such as refuse collection, the replacement of much of the welfare state by private insurance and further privatisation of public sector services and industries, including aspects of police services. The Omega Project was influential and many of its recommendations were adopted as policy and enacted into legislation. Unlike some think tanks, the Institute chose not to retain charitable status, but instead it maintained the small Adam Smith Research Trust to fund mainstream academic educational projects; the Margaret Thatcher era saw the think tank movement come of age and achieve influence and with the Centre for Policy Studies and the Institute of Economic Affairs and the ASI was one of three relied upon by the Thatcher government for policy.
Unlike the CPS, established by Thatcher and Keith Joseph. Despite this role, the Institute developed an iconoclastic reputation, cynical about politicians, but enthusiastic to engage with them; the Institute's relationship with Thatcher was not without troubles. Although Madsen Pirie was the architect of much of the privatisation policy, he had no emotional ties to Thatcher, nor did the ASI propose policies on a range of social issues despite its Thatcherite reputation; the ASI took the view that the market was "more genuinely democratic than the public sector, involving the decisions of far more individuals and at much more frequent intervals". The Institute published Douglas Mason's recommendation that local government rates should be replaced by a per-capita charge. A version of this was implemented by the Conservative government introducing the Community Charge in Scotland in 1989 and in England and Wales in 1990, it brought unpopularity for the Thatcher government and was seen by some as having weakened her political hand ahead of her departure from office, though her attitude to Europe was a more significant factor.
Other policy recommendations which Douglas Mason published with the ASI included the privatisation of the Royal Mail. In November 1994, the Institute began a review of welfare reform called Operation Underclass, aimed at methods of creating jobs for the long-term unemployed; some elements of the programme were adopted by the government within months. With its author Kenneth Irvine, the ASI pioneered the privatisation of British Rail with private companies competing for franchises on a separately owned national network; this policy was enacted by John Major's government. The ejection of the Conservative government in 1997 did not have as dramatic an effect on the ASI as some had anticipated; the Institute praised the government's welfare-to-work programmes, describing it as "the most successful policy initiative of this century". The ASI publicly welcomed the news that Labour had implemented th