Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Tax Collectors: Big Banks and Hedge Funds

Nearly a dozen major banks and hedge funds, anticipating quick profits from homeowners who fall behind on property taxes, are quietly plowing hundreds of millions of dollars into businesses that collect the debts, tack on escalating fees and threaten to foreclose on the homes of those who fail to pay.
The Wall Street investors, which include Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase & Co., have purchased from local governments the right to collect delinquent taxes on several hundred thousand properties, many in distressed housing markets, the Huffington Post Investigative Fund has found.
In many cases, the banks and hedge funds created new companies to do their bidding. They gave the companies obscure, even whimsical names and used post office boxes as their addresses, masking Wall Street’s dominant new role as a surrogate tax collector.


  1. we are in the middle of crisis..hmmmm... just enjoy it.. dont worry be happy

  2. privatised Tax farming - commission agents .

  3. Anonymous said...
    privatised Tax farming - commission agents .

    Better than that ,Commissions +fees + endlessly increasing the penalties on the non payment of fees adding to the debts of the Debt Peons on the treadmill.


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