Americana: Saying Thank You with Rebates

When he was Director General of Taxation in South Viet Nam from 1973 to 1974, refunds were far from Nguyen Huy Han's mind. He boasts that he increased revenues threefold by persuasion and strict enforcement of the laws.

But now that he is a Michigan restaurateur, he has picked up on a modish tax idea and applied it to his business. He is handing out rebates to customers. "This is my way of saying thanks," says Han, owner of Pontiac's WE or West-East Ethnic Restaurant.

When he first came to the U.S. in 1975 at the urging of a relative, Han survived on...

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