Unstructured Finance

Goldman fund haggles with REIT investors over 10-cent printing fee

June 13, 2013

A Goldman fund’s REIT charges investors 10 cents per page for financial statements.

Wall Street goes to war with hackers in Quantum Dawn 2 simulation

June 13, 2013

Wall Street will have a simulated cyber war called Quantum Dawn 2 this month.

 

Quantum Dawn 2 is coming to Wall Street.

No, it’s not a video game or a bad zombie movie; it’s a simulated cyber attack to prepare banks, brokerages and exchanges for what has become an ever-bigger risk to their earnings and operations.

Stevie Cohen: the pop star edition

June 12, 2013

Hard to believe, there was a time when Steven A. Cohen was not all that well-known on Wall Street outside of the hedge fund industry. Some even used to confuse the then-paunchy hedge fund trader with a popular magician with the same name.

Essential reading: REIT status questioned by IRS, and more

June 10, 2013

Welcome to the top tax and accounting headlines.

* IRS puts brakes on corporate push to capture real-estate tax break. A.D. Pruitt and Amol Sharma – The Wall Street Journal. The Internal Revenue Service is stepping up its scrutiny of companies that are looking to avoid some corporate taxes by converting their operations into real-estate investment trusts. Link  

Essential reading: Despite tax rules, companies stick with U.S., and more

June 7, 2013

Welcome to the top tax and accounting headlines.

 * Despite tax rules, companies stick with U.S. Victor Fleischer – The New York Times. The tactics that multinational companies like Apple, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard use to avoid paying corporate income taxes might make one wonder why they incorporate in the United States in the first place. Link  

Calendar

June 6, 2013

Some important tax and accounting events in the week ahead:

Monday, June 10 – Wednesday, June 12

Federation of Tax Administrators annual meeting. Hyatt Regency. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Essential reading: IRS staff say Washington officials helped direct the probe of tea-party groups, and more

June 6, 2013

Welcome to the top tax and accounting headlines.

* IRS staff cite Washington link. John McKinnon and Dionne Searcey – The Wall Street Journal. Two Internal Revenue Service employees in the agency’s Cincinnati office told congressional investigators that IRS officials in Washington helped direct the probe of tea-party groups that began in 2010. Link

Essential reading: Calculating Apple’s true U.S. tax rate, and more

June 5, 2013

Welcome to the top tax and accounting headlines.

 * Calculating Apple’s true U.S. tax rate. Victor Fleischer – The New York Times. One lesson from the Senate hearing about Apple’s offshore tax planning is that figuring out what a multinational company actually pays in taxes is harder than it should be. Link    

Essential reading: IRS scandal prompts hope for tax reform, and more

June 4, 2013

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

* Some Republicans see IRS troubles as means to a big goal: tax overhaul. Jonathan Weisman – The New York Times. For Congressman Dave Camp, spotlighting the tax-collecting agency — and stoking voter antipathy for it — are ways to build momentum for his plan to rewrite and simplify the entire tax code, a goal he has set for the end of the year. Link 

Essential reading: Republican donors drew IRS scrutiny, and more

June 3, 2013

Welcome to the top tax and accounting headlines.

 * Donors to Republican group drew IRS scrutiny. John McKinnon – The Wall Street Journal. At the same time the Internal Revenue Service was targeting tea-party groups, the tax agency took the unusual step of trying to impose gift taxes on donors to a prominent conservative advocacy group formed in 2007 to build support for President George W. Bush’s Iraq troop surge. Link