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From the Citi to the Caymans - Jack Lew rehabilitates what Obama once called a notorious 'tax scam.'.

From the Citi to the Caymans
Via online.wsj.com/home-page » Submitted On Wed, 02/13/2013 - 8:19pm by Norman Wolfe

Issue: Tax Reform

No matter how Jack Lew performs at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, his nomination to be Treasury Secretary has already produced one big winner: the Cayman Islands. The Caribbean low-tax haven is getting a political rehabilitation thanks to Mr. Lew's participation in a Cayman-based fund he invested in while working at Citigroup from 2006-2008.

For years Democrats have denounced the Caymans, which has no corporate income tax, as a refuge for tax cheats. In 2012 President Obama ripped Mitt Romney for investments based there. But now an Obama spokesman suggests that Mr. Lew's Caymans investment, a Citigroup fund he chose to invest in, was a model of transparency and says that "Jack Lew paid all of his taxes and reported all of the income, gains and losses from the investment on his tax returns."

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