Read My Lips: No New Taxes [NYT]
Grover Norquist gets a spot on The New York Times Op-Ed page.
Obama and Boehner Advance Toward Deal to Cut Deficit [WSJ]
Until now, Republicans have shot down every proposal that involved higher taxes. But Democrats could be the major obstacle to this package because they worry that upfront spending cuts would be ironclad while any tax increases would be subject to later agreement. With prospects of a government default looming in early August, leaders on both sides denied Thursday that a deal was close. But the White House provided an outline of the deal to Democratic congressional leaders, aides said.
Democrats Recall Reagan’s Tax Increases [Bloomberg]
Reagan, renowned by Republicans as a tax-cutter, also increased revenue about a dozen times when confronted with surging deficits. The Treasury Department has estimated those measures would be the equivalent of $300 billion annually today — more than what many Democrats are now seeking as part of a deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. That often-forgotten history has some lawmakers trading places, with Democrats hailing the former Republican president as an example for today’s budget negotiators.
Four More Credit Suisse Bankers Charged in Tax Case [WSJ]
U.S. prosecutors on Thursday charged Credit Suisse Group’s former top offshore banking executive in North America and three other senior bankers with defrauding the U.S. government, increasing pressure on the Swiss bank over U.S. customers’ secret accounts that the officials say were used to evade taxes. The charges add senior-level executives to an indictment filed in February against lower-level bankers who were charged with conspiring to defraud the U.S. by opening and maintaining thousands of offshore accounts for wealthy Americans with as much as $3 billion in hidden assets.
Congress Plans Oversight Hearing on IRS Tax Preparer Regulation [AT]
The House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee plans to hold a hearing next Thursday on the Internal Revenue Service’s recent efforts to step up regulation of tax return preparers. “This hearing is a continuation of the Subcommittee’s oversight of the IRS and the alarming rates of tax noncompliance,” Charles W. Boustany Jr., R-La., who chairs the subcommittee, said in announcing the hearing Thursday. “With so many Americans relying on paid professionals to prepare their returns, it is critical that we better understand what the IRS is doing and what impact the new regulations will have on taxpayers, paid tax return preparers, and tax compliance.”
PKF and BDO in hot water over China fraud [Reuters]
The fourth time was the charm for shareholders suing the auditors of Shenzhen-based China Expert Technology. China Expert shareholders have been trying unsuccessfully to sue the company’s accounting firms for failing to detect an alleged $132 million fraud. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in New York has previously dismissed the suit three times, saying the shareholders’ claims were inadequate.
Florida Rep. Rivera faces federal probe over casino contract [MH]
Agents with the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service have begun interviewing witnesses knowledgeable about a $1 million consulting contract between Flagler Dog Track — now known as Magic City Casino — and Millennium Marketing, a company co-owned by Rivera’s 70-year-old mother and her business partner, according to sources familiar with the investigation.
Ex-NASA agent pleads guilty in church theft case [AP]
A former NASA special agent pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to report nearly $300,000 he stole from his Southern California church on his tax forms. Alvin Danielle Allen, 42, of Lancaster admitted before U.S. District Judge George H. King that he filed fraudulent tax returns from 2004 to 2008. He faces up to three years in federal prison when he is sentenced Nov. 7.
Accounting Cops Delay New Rule on Leases [WSJ]
The Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board said they will reintroduce a revised lease-accounting proposal for public comment later this year, with changes from their original proposal last year.
‘Nerdy’ accountant ready to lead healthcare merger [Reuters]
For a self-described nerdy accountant who shuns attention, Express Scripts Inc (ESRX.O) chief George Paz just thrust himself into the limelight. With his $29.1 billion planned purchase of rival Medco Health Solutions Inc (MHS.N), Paz would run the clear leader in managing prescription drug benefits for millions of Americans.
IRS Whistleblower Office Issues Annual Report [TaxProf]
It was a banner year!