Thanks to surging tax revenues and an unprecedented infusion of federal aid, many states cut taxes over the past two years by lowering individual income tax rates, expanding tax credits, or sending one-time checks to residents. But there is another way states can use these funds: reduce or eliminate some local criminal legal fines and fees.
Bank of America may have helped clients avoid taxes. Since at least 2011, it had been using its US unit’s funds to finance transactions by its European investment-banking arm. In doing so, it was able to help hedge funds avoid taxes on stock dividends. “BANA (Bank of America National Association)