Tax the giraffe! (Fortune Small Business)

The “Geoffrey Loophole” is not only a way that big corporations get out of paying taxes that their small-business competitors have to, it’s also the only tax dodge named after a cartoon giraffe:

When the Massachusetts passed its much-delayed state budget last week, it included an obscure tax-law change that could be crucial for small-business owners concerned about unfair competition. By becoming the 22nd state to adopt “combined reporting” legislation, Massachusetts lawmakers are hoping to put a stop to a longstanding practice that, they say, gives large corporate chains an unfair advantage over their smaller competitors at tax time… [read more]