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Accounting News Roundup: Tax Credits for the Dead, Gas Taxes for You; A Social Media Royal Rumble; Recipe for a Recession | 06.08.11

Audit: IRS Erroneously Gave Out $151 Million In Auto Tax Breaks [Dow Jones]
The IRS missed 4,257 individuals who claimed more than $151 million in undeserved tax deductions as part of the 2009 stimulus package program designed to boost automobile sales, according to an audit released Wednesday from the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. In 473 cases, the tax agency erroneously allowed 439 prisoners who were in jail the entire year, 16 dead people and 18 children under the age of 15 to claim just over $1 million in deductions.

GM’s Akerson pushing for higher gas taxes [Detroit News]
General Motors Co. CEO Dan Akerson wants the federal gas tax boosted as much as $1 a gallon to nudge consumers toward more fuel-efficient cars, and he’s confident the government will soon shed its remaining 26 percent stake in the once-bankrupt automaker. “I actually think the government will be out this year — within the next 12 months, hopefully within the next six months,” Akerson said in a two-hour interview with The Detroit News last week. He is grateful for the government’s rescue of GM — “I have nothing but good things to say about them” — but Akerson said the time for that relationship to end is coming because it’s wearing on GM.

A Twitter Group Warned About Weiner [NYT]
Calling themselves the #bornfreecrew on Twitter, members of the group closely monitored those whom Mr. Weiner was following, taking it upon themselves to contact young women they believed to be “schoolgirls,” and urging them publicly to stay away from him, according to an analysis of posts on Twitter’s public stream.

IMF urges Japan to triple sales tax to steady finances [Reuters]
The acting head of the IMF urged Japan to reduce its massive debt load to boost public confidence in the sustainability of the economy, which the global lender said could be achieved by tripling the 5 percent sales tax. Japan’s economy should bounce back from a slump after the March earthquake and tsunami, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday, while urging lawmakers to adopt another emergency budget and start raising the sales tax from next year as the center piece of long-run fiscal consolidation.

Facebook vs LinkedIn vs Twitter vs Blogging [AW]
Place your bets.

Hatch, liberal group respond to Pawlenty tax plan [The Hill]
Oddly, they have different opinions.

Rx for a Double-dip Recession: Cut Government Spending by 15 Percent [TaxVox]
And call me in the next decade.

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