U.S. Aviation Open Skies policy under attack

U.S. Aviation Open Skies policy under attack

Major U.S. airlines have worked overtime in the media, on Capital Hill, at the White House and at the Transportation, State and Commerce Departments to communicate that they feel threatened by foreign carrier new entrants and disadvantaged by new customer-service oriented business models and by airlines in whom governments hold equity stakes. The overall impression is that the big U.S. network airlines want to lock out independent airlines that offer lower fares, newer airplanes, faster connections, more destinations, and better service.

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HOTREC and IRU join forces to promote fair competition in tourism and transport

HOTREC and IRU join forces to promote fair competition in tourism and transport

BRUSSELS – HOTREC, the trade association of the European hospitality industry, and the International Road Transport Union (IRU), announced their will to work together to promote innovation, high quality services to customers and a level playing field for all service providers of tourism accommodation and transport, including unregulated online accommodation providers and unregulated transport platforms. Both organisations will join forces to identify challenges and seek solutions.

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Tax Tip: Deductions You May Not Know About -

With so many tax deductions available, it’s easy to miss a few when filing your return. New York-based tax accountant Janice Hayman says one of the most frequently overlooked deductions involves “people forgetting to report state taxes that they’ve paid.” Hayman said those taxes are deductible on your federal return. “Also, we have different property taxes,” Hayman added. “They may not think of tax paid on land outside of their main home. Most people know that donations to a registered charity can be claimed as tax write-offs, but it’s important to document what’s been spent. “You really do want to go through your receipts. Add up all your actual charitable donations. I think people are really missing out on a full deduction here because they’re just guess-timating,” Hayman says. Long-term health insurance is also deductible. “It would be considered a deduction for medical expense but also if you’re self-employed, it would be considered a self-employed health deduction,” Hayman said. Some states also offer tax credits for long-term health insurance payments.

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