Unstructured Finance

Essential reading: Tax filings slow as collection rises, and more

April 16, 2013

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

 * Tax filing is slow, but collections rise. John McKinnon – The Wall Street Journal. The fiscal-cliff deal continues to slow tax filing, thanks to changes that required the Internal Revenue Service to delay the tax season’s opening. Link

Goldman, AIG and the government renew their friendship

April 15, 2013

Scanning Goldman Sachs’s newly published interactive annual report on Monday, Unstructured Finance had to do a double-take upon seeing American International Group highlighted as a client success story.

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April 12, 2013

U.S. Park Police Officer Calvin Covington with his horse Harper mails his income tax returns at a mobile post office in Washington. April 15, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Essential reading: Derivatives tax plan concerns industry, and more

April 12, 2013

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

*Derivatives-tax plan concerns industry. John D. McKinnon and Siobhan Hughes – The Wall Street Journal. The Obama administration’s proposal this week to change the way some derivatives are taxed signals common ground with Republicans on a potentially difficult and divisive tax issue that could have far-reaching implications for investors. Link

Insider trading—it’s not just hedge funds

April 12, 2013

Sometimes it seems that insider trading cases are all about hedge funds. After all, the overwhelming majority of the federal government’s multi-year crackdown on insider trading has netted dozens of traders and analysts working in the $2.25 trillion hedge fund industry.

Essential reading: Middle class tax hikes loom in Obama proposal despite pledge, and more

April 11, 2013

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

 * Middle class tax hikes loom in Obama proposal despite pledge to avoid them. The Washington Post. President Barack Obama proposed a 2014 budget that, if adopted, would break his promise to avoid any tax increases for middle- and low-income people. Link

Essential reading: Luxembourg backs info exchange in fight against tax evasion, and more

April 10, 2013

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

* Luxembourg agrees to automatic information exchange to help fight tax evasion. The Washington Post. The initiative, which is to start in 2015, follows international pressure on Luxembourg to end its policy of banking secrecy that critics say has helped people hide money from tax authorities. Link

Essential reading: Senator Baucus takes on tax code, and more

April 9, 2013

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

 * Sen. Max Baucus moves to reshape tax code. Lori Montgomery – The Washington Post. Last month, Senator Max Baucus summoned members of the Senate Finance Committee to a closed-door meeting to discuss the first full-scale rewrite of the 5,600-page U.S. tax code in more than 25 years. After two years of watching President Obama and congressional leaders take on tax policy and other areas of the committee’s vast jurisdiction, the panel’s chairman is reclaiming his turf. Link 

Essential reading: Small businesses shrug off Obamacare delays, and more

April 8, 2013

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

 * No big deal? Small business groups shrug off delays to Obamacare’s health care exchanges. J.D. Harrison – The Washington Post. The Obama administration has delayed part of the health care law designed to give small business owners and employees more flexibility when purchasing insurance, which could temporarily undermine lawmakers’ intent to drive down the cost of health coverage. Link  

Pacino, Papandreou, Panetta, Paulson: Welcome to SALT 2013

April 8, 2013

The SkyBridge Alternatives Conference – the annual hedge fund blowout better known as SALT, is a month away. And the official agenda for the three-day bacchanal, which sees thousands of hedge fund investors, allocators and hedge fund hangers-on descend on Las Vegas in the second week of May, has been released.