Back tax battles between France and Amazon garner headlines this week. In the U.S., the State of Illinois raises sales tax on guns to deter purchasers; and New York confirms that housing cooperatives must pay sales tax on parking. It seems no matter where you hang your hat (or beret) you can’t escape the tax man.

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