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IRS Goes After Hedge Fund’s “Aggressive” Tax Dodge Technique

irs_logoNew York (HedgeCo.Net) – Super-successful hedge fund Renaissance Technologies Medallion is under scrutiny by the IRS for an unusual tax strategy invented by former Cold War code breaker, and hedge fund founder James H. Simons.

The hedge fund has an amazing 80% average profit per year over the last 25 years, and the IRS is looking for its cut.

Gawker says: “Renaissance, in essence, filtered its investments through a bank in order to claim that they were making long-term capital gains, when in fact they were making short-term trading profits. Then they paid the lower tax rate. The IRS calls this an “end run” around tax law.”

Bloomberg reports: “The case highlights how hedge-fund and private-equity managers use loopholes to exploit the government’s preferential treatment for long-term investing income. If East Setauket, New York-based Renaissance prevails in its legal dispute with the IRS, dozens of other funds would probably take steps to mimic the firm’s strategy.”

The IRS itself has declined to comment on the case yet, citing confidentiality laws.

Alex Akesson
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