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Treasury Celebrates Multilateral Development Banks at Third Annual Ceremony Honoring International Development Projects

By: Betsy Bourassa
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

​Last week, Treasury hosted its third annual Development Impact Honors, celebrating multilateral development bank (MDB) projects for their success in addressing key global development challenges.​
Posted in: International Affairs

Retroactive Tax Provisions, a “Quite Common” Practice

By: Mark J. Mazur
Thursday, July 24, 2014

​Congress has frequently imposed retroactive effective dates for provisions that shut down egregious tax loopholes. In these cases, backdated implementation is often important to ensure that companies do not take advantage of the lengthy legislative process to rush through transactions exploiting the loopholes they know they are about to lose.
Posted in: Tax Policy

Treasury Issues Final Regulations Clarifying Research and Experimentation Expenditure Rules for Businesses

By: Mark J. Mazur
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Last year, Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations to clarify the tax treatment of “pilot models” and other tangible property created as part of otherwise qualifying research activities.
Posted in: Tax Policy

Protecting and Promoting Safe Charitable Giving – A Look into the Financial Action Task Force’s Latest Report on the Risk of Terrorist Abuse in the Non-Profit Organization Sector

By: Katherine Gupta
Thursday, July 17, 2014

​For many years, the Treasury Department has been a part of the Financial Action Task Force, which recently published an important report on the Risk of Terrorist Abuse in the Non-Profit Organization (NPO) Sector. 
Posted in: Terrorism and Financial Intelligence

What They’re Saying About Corporate Inversions

By: Erin Donar
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

​Yesterday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew sent a letter about corporate inversions to the leaders of the Congressional tax-writing committees, writing that “Congress should enact legislation immediately — and make it retroactive to May 2014 — to shut down this abuse of our tax system.” ​
Posted in: Tax Policy

Secretary Lew Remarks on Cybersecurity at 4th Annual Delivering Alpha Conference

By: Anthony Reyes
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

​Secretary Jacob J. Lew today urged financial institutions and firms to take critical steps to better protect consumers and strengthen the nation's defenses against cybersecurity thefts, disruptions, and attacks. In remarks at CNBC and the Institutional Investor's 4th Annual Delivering Alpha Conference, Secretary Lew specifically called on the U.S. financial sector to improve cybersecurity by using the Administration's new cybersecurity framework for their own systems and as a way to evaluate outside vendors.
Posted in: Cybersecurity

SSBCI Funds Are Creating Jobs and Growing Businesses

By: Dan Cruz
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

​The Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) has disbursed more than $1 billion to date to states and municipalities, which is creating jobs and opportunities across the country. ​
Posted in: State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI)

The Sixth Round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

By: Holly Shulman
Monday, July 14, 2014

Last week, Secretary Jacob J. Lew and Secretary of State John Kerry led a U.S. delegation of senior economic officials to Beijing for the sixth round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), which included meetings with China’s President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, Vice Premier Wang Yang, and other senior economic officials. 
Posted in: International Affairs

TARP’s Bank Programs: A Success Story

By: Timothy Bowler
Thursday, July 10, 2014

​Last week’s repayment by Popular, Inc. marked a significant step in the successful wind down of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) – a key part of Treasury’s response to the financial crisis.​
Posted in: Category 1

Legal Entity Identifier System Turns a Corner

By: Matthew Reed
Thursday, July 03, 2014

​​In the past week, the global Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) system crossed the threshold to move from a start-up initiative to an operational, steady state.
Posted in: Office of Financial Research
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