Up in British Columbia, legislators are pitching a new film labor tax credit raise up to 40% that will “allow competition with other jurisdictions”. With a proposed cost per-film of $100,000-$120,000 paid by the taxpayers, there is obvious backlash.
But economists call it “corporate welfare,” and say B.C. should get out of what has become a “race to the bottom” with tax incentives.
“We know that we have the best crews in North America,” he said in one of his final rallies, where he was surrounded by close to a thousand supporters at Vancouver Film Studios.
“All they require is a level playing field and we will compete, and we will win, and we will bring jobs to British Columbia.”
via NDP’s ‘corporate welfare’ for film industry won’t save jobs: economist | Globalnews.ca.
Accounting is a classically boring profession, but thanks to some beautiful infographics it can be made to look at least visually interesting. Check out this list of 20 graphics to start with.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that accounting is boring. However, when you stop and think about what numbers tell us, suddenly accounting becomes quite interesting. Numbers can tell a story, whether it tells you about the success of a business, or whether it tells you where your tax dollars are being spent. Infographics can take these numbers and present them in a way that is understandable and interesting.
via 20 Sensational Accounting Infographics.
Taxes are probably one of the most stressful and depressing times of year, am I right? In an attempt to gleam a bit of useful and, dare I say, Interesting information from the annual mundane task, Google has partnered up with Eyebeam to create the “Data Viz Challenge”
To make that happen, we’ve teamed up with Eyebeam, a not-for-profit art and technology center, to host what we’re calling the Data Viz Challenge. Andrew and Louis have built an API to let anyone access the data, so now you can choose how to display it. Could you create a better animated chart? Something in 3D? An interactive website? A physical display somewhere in the real world? We want you to show everyone how data visualization can be a powerful tool for turning information into understanding.
The challenge ends March 27th, 2011 and is open to U.S. entries only, but the lucky winner will get a nice $5,000 prize.
The Challenge: Visualize Your Taxes | DataVizChallenge.org.