Wall Street Journal, Top Republican Sides With Microsoft in IRS Offshore-Profits Scuffle:
In a letter on Wednesday, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) questioned the IRS’s unusual decision last year to hire a private law firm to help it go after the high-tech giant
Can the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service hire private lawyers to advise the government on big-dollar corporate tax audits that may result in litigation? On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez of Seattle agreed to take up that question, granting Microsoft’s motion for an evidentiary hearing into the government’s $2.2 million contract with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, which is serving as a litigation consultant in the IRS’s audit of Microsoft’s cost-sharing arrangements with affiliates in Puerto Rico and Asia.
Managers become too afraid to create, innovate, build teams and lead – so they outsource everything that moves. They'd rather pay more in the long run for contractors than risk having another full-time employee on the books and irking the accountants.
Robert D. Flach brings his Tuesday Buzz, along with the less cheerful news that his Gmail account has been compromised. He ponders whether IRS Commissioner Koskinen is worse than his predecessor, Worst Commissioner Ever Shulman. I still give the prize to Shulman, but Koskinen is making a heck of a case for the honor.