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January 8, 2013

A case of Wall Street greed gone too far

Nobody likes to pay taxes, so can you blame the good folks at Goldman Sachs & Co. for doing what they could to avoid the higher rates that kicked in on January 1?

While the rest of us were donning our party clothes on New Year’s Eve, the legal worker bees at Goldman were pushing the send button on 10 regulatory filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

By the time the ball dropped in Times Square, regulators had been notified that $65 million in Goldman stock had been granted a month early, helping a cluster of powerful multimillionaire executives trim their tax tab.”

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“What makes the Goldman move distasteful is that it wasn’t even two months ago that CEO Blankfein was mouthing off in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that he endorsed tax increases “especially for the wealthiest” — along with a plug to cut entitlements to all you freeloaders out there.

If you’re pushing the position that the rich should pay more to help fix the deficit, it doesn’t quite follow to employ a tax dodge, says Dennis Kelleher, president of the Washington-based public interest group Better Markets Inc.

“Goldman’s quickie year-end tax shenanigans deprived the government of what it otherwise would get,” he says. “So they either cause the debt to go up, or cause others to pay more by the taxes they are avoiding.””

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Read Susan Antilla’s full CNN Opinion post here

 

 

 

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