Mar 28 2010

Ultimate Tax Refund

Published by at 9:09 pm under Managing Money,US Economy

“Complex societies are focused on a center, which may not be located physically where it is literally implied, but which is a symbolic source of the framework of society.  It is not only the location of legal and governmental institutions, but is the source of order and the symbol of moral authority and social continuity.  The center partakes of the nature of the sacred.”  – Joseph A. Tainter, The Collapse of Complex Societies


It was a rather frantic month for me and most of the headlines missed my attention.  I did notice one rather curious article about JP Morgan Chase’s $1.4 billion tax refund.  Apparently JP Morgan Chase is capitalizing on a provision in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which allows the mega bank to take losses from 2008 and 2009 and apply them against taxes paid during the previous five years instead of the previous two.


And the train has departed from the station because according to an analysis of security filings by Wall Street Journal, more than 250 companies expect $12 billion worth of federal tax refunds under the provision.


Maybe I am foolish to be concerned that the provision (…gift, whatever) is expected to cost taxpayers $33 billion during its first year.  I suppose everything is relative and we are playing with trillions now – right?

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