Marketplace AM for April 17, 2006

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Finding a loophole in the forest

With today's deadline to file tax returns, Newsweek Wall Street editor Allan Sloan and host Scott Jagow look at the recent tax loophole windfall for International Paper.
Posted In: Wall Street

Accounting standards for small business

Economist Eric Talley talks with host Mark Austin Thomas about efforts to relax the strict accounting standards set by the Sarbanes-Oxley law.
Posted In: Economy, Washington

Hu's first stop: The House of Gates

Chinese President Hu Jintao visits the United States this week. He travels first to Seattle, where he'll visit Bill Gates. As Alisa Roth reports, the stop is a victory in Gates' ongoing battle against pirated software in China.
Posted In: Canada

So what's your excuse?

The IRS has more than 40 categories for excuses Americans use to avoid filing tax returns. As Brian Bull reports, few if any of them work.
Posted In: Washington

Job Files: Tax preparer

In this special Tax Day installment, Alaskan Jerry Lieboff talks about his work as a tax preparer who makes house calls in the bush.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Eastern Europe hit by floods

Thousands of people are being evacuated from rising waters in Romania, Hungary and the Balkans, as governments are dealing with some of the worst flooding in more than a century. Stefan Bos reports.
Posted In: Canada

Skilling's cross

Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling returns to the witness stand today. This time the prosecution will be asking the questions. As Sam Eaton reports, government attorneys are planning to use Skilling's own words against him.

GE interested in British airport operator

General Electric is reported to have joined the battle for control of Britain's biggest airport operator, BAA. The company, which runs all three of London's main airports, has recently rejected two takeover bids.Stephen Beard reports.

Easter retail: Some rise, some fall

Yesterday's Easter holiday meant big business for some, slow sales for others. Ethan Lindsey has the score.

JibJab's latest laugh

Online satirists launch a new website, Joke Box, allowing users to swap witticisms and funny video clips. As Lisa Napoli reports, the creators of the site hope advertisers will get the joke too.

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