The Blackstone Group's partners have expertly negotiated a labyrinth of loopholes to dodge taxes on $3.7 billion they raised with an IPO last month, the Times reports. The maneuver comes as congress discusses what to tax private equity managers, but analysts say the rate debate misses the point; firms are just too good at dancing through the tax code.
Blackstone is selling the intangible asset of "good will" to itself and shoring up tax deductions to be spread out over the next 35 years; in the end, they may actually turn a significant profit on the deductions. “These guys have figured out how to turn paying taxes into an annuity,” one tax lawyer says. (Read more Blackstone Group stories.)