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Assistant Managing Editor’s Note
Bill Grabarek, Assistant Managing Editor One hundred days after the worst oil spill in U.S. history began wreaking havoc in the Gulf of Mexico, BP PLC appears to be making strides in containing the leak. Negative public opinion, however, continues to flow like so much of the thick, greasy crude – and BP does little to halt this particular gusher. The company is doing just the opposite, actually.

BP officials said this week that the company plans to claim a $9.9 billion tax credit from the U.S. government for costs incurred during its response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. When asked about the tax credit, outgoing BP CEO and lightning rod Tony Hayward said, "We have followed the IRS regulations as they're currently written."

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters, "I don't think anybody would prefer that [BP] do that." He also stopped short of saying whether President Barack Obama would discuss the taxation issue with BP.

The oil company seems to be well within the tax code. Then again, bunting to break up a no-hitter in the ninth inning is frowned upon, even if there is nothing in baseball's rulebook that says a team can't do it. Is BP needlessly pouring more gasoline onto an already incendiary situation, or is this just business? Tell us what you think.

Bill Grabarek
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BP seeks $9.9 billion tax credit for oil spill costs
On the same day it announced a $17 billion loss for the second quarter of 2010, BP this week said that it plans to claim a $9.9 billion taxation credit from the U.S. government for costs incurred during the oil spill cleanup operation in the Gulf of Mexico.
AICPA asks Congress to repeal new 1099 reporting provision
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Is Bond, James Bond a cheat, tax cheat?
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KPMG Foundation awards $470,000 in scholarships
The KPMG Foundation this week announced it has awarded a total of $470,000 in scholarships to 47 minority accounting doctoral students for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Revenue worries don't stop states from offering tax holidays
Taxpayers in 16 states will get sales tax breaks on the purchase of various school-related purchases during certain dates in July and August.
Illinois CPA Society’s Midwest Accounting & Finance Showcase Aug. 24-25
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Illinois CPA Society’s event for business and finance professionals, the Midwest Accounting & Finance Showcase. The showcase is being held August 24-25, in Rosemont, Illinois.
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