Unstructured Finance

Essential tax and accounting reading: Barclay’s tax schemes, GM’s tax break, Swiss compromise, and a 75 percent French tax

February 29, 2012

Welcome to the top tax and accounting headlines from Reuters and other sources.

* Swiss lawmakers set for tax plan vote. Katherina Bart – Reuters. Swiss lawmakers are set to back a tax proposal with the United States on Wednesday in a move which could pave the way for Switzerland to settle a U.S. probe into Swiss banks and hidden offshore accounts. The lower house will vote on a proposal clarifying how Switzerland would hand over data on Americans suspected of dodging taxes at home. The proposal, which passed the upper house in December, seeks to backstop an expected deal over U.S. probes into 11 banks including Credit Suisse and Julius Baer. Link

Democrats peg Buffett rule to expiration of Bush tax cuts

February 29, 2012

Democrats are hoping to peg their White House-proposed thirty percent tax on millionaires to major end-of-the- year fiscal deadlines — including the expiration of tax cuts for all Americans. They hope that will box Republicans into a corner.

Canada warns on Chinese audit problems

February 29, 2012

Downtown Shanghai in haze. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Having stirred up controversy in the United States, audit practices at China-based companies now are testing the patience of Canadian regulators.

Senator Levin unhappy with Facebook’s pending $3 billion tax break

February 29, 2012

Even before it’s become a public company, web giant Facebook’s has caught plenty of government attention, much of it around the company’s taxes and the impact its billions in stock options are likely to have on the tax coffers.

PIMCO and BlackRock go strolling down K Street

By Jennifer Ablan
February 29, 2012

By Jennifer Ablan and Matthew Goldstein

Wall Street may hate financial regulatory reform, but lobbyists certainly love it—especially ones working on behalf of giant asset managers PIMCO and BlackRock, which control a total of nearly $5 trillion in assets.

Gordon Gekko’s Perfect Hedge

February 29, 2012

By Matthew Goldstein and Jennifer Ablan

It’s not every day a public service announcement, much less one for the FBI, makes national headlines. Then again, it’s not every day that Michael Douglas reprises his Gordon Gekko role to make a pitch for informants to come forward and help law enforcement smoke out insider traders.

Essential tax and accounting reading: California’s Facebook tax windfall, Big Four in China, GE’s taxes, and more

February 28, 2012

Welcome to the top tax and accounting headlines from Reuters and other sources.

* California likes Facebook IPO tax possibilities. Vauhini Vara – The Wall Street Journal. California could reap a tax windfall of as much as $2.5 billion from Facebook Inc.’s initial public offering, a state analyst said Monday, in the first official forecast of the IPO’s impact on the cash-strapped state. The offering is forecast to bring in $500 million of income-tax revenue through stock sales in fiscal 2012, ending in June, followed by $1.5 billion in 2013 and $450 million from 2014 to 2016, according to a report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office, a nonpartisan government entity that advises the legislature. Facebook has planned for an IPO this spring. Link 

Essential tax and accounting reading: Pushing a U.S. tax overhaul, Germans volunteering to sort out Greek taxes, Santorum’s plan, and more

February 27, 2012

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum addresses supporters during a campaign stop in Michigan. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Tax and Accounting Calendar

February 24, 2012

A worker arranges a saree drying after dyeing in a village south of Kolkata REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Essential reading: Romney to explain tax plan, AIG to take tax breaks, rising stakes for Japan’s sales tax, and gas taxes drop

February 24, 2012

Window shopping in Tokyo's Ginza district REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Welcome to the top tax and accounting headlines from Reuters and other sources.

•    Romney narrows the gap on Santorum. Richard McGregor in Washington and Anna Fifield in Mesa, Arizona – Financial Times. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will outline his tax plans in a speech in Detroit on Friday that has been moved from a ballroom in the city convention center to Ford Field, home of Detroit’s football Lions, to accommodate an expected large crowd. It’s his first detailed outline of the economic and tax plan he would take into the November election and it comes four days before the Michigan and Arizona primaries. Link