Posts Tagged ‘PricewaterhouseCoopers’

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Muslim CPA concedes payments by Al Qaeda

June 12, 2012

A Muslim accountant in New York City has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to provide material support for terrorism (h/t JihadWatch).  The indictment against Sabirhan Hasanoff alleges that he accepted $50,000 from an un-named Al Qaeda operative to carry out tasks in Al Qaeda’s behalf.  One might expect a certified public accountant to adhere to a higher professional standard.

Speaking of professional standards, it used to be that reporters tried to answer who, what, where, when and why, but the Associated Press made no attempt to explain Hasanoff’s motive in this case.

Did Hasanoff, a former senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, do it all for a $50,000 payment?  Given the number of “secular” opportunities that are available in the world to accept bribes, financial need is not a credible motive at all.

Some Islamic businessmen and financial professionals fund terrorism in order to gain street credibility with among ordinary Muslims.  Some are true believers in traditional Islam and who don’t care what any mortal thinks.  Some are both.  Some are simply following the instructions of the Koran, the Hadith, and jihadists who tell them that striving with their wealth for jihad (ie, funding terrorism), will spare them from hellfire and reserve a place for themselves in paradise.

Expecting the Associated Press to look into those motivations is a pipe dream.  But they could have at least reported what mosque Hasanoff attends, what professional organizations he belongs to, whether his co-workers at PricewaterhouseCoopers ever observed anything problematic, whether he was a member of the Muslim Students Association when he attended Baruch College, etc.  Come on, AP—do some legwork.

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Libya amends income tax, keeps “jihad tax”

July 25, 2010

PricewaterhouseCoopers has released its biannual update on taxes in the Middle East (see Zawya’s article on July 20 about the report here).

Libya, which operates a nasty little Islamist zakat system alongside its income tax laws, features in PwC’s report for several changes related to flattening Libyan income tax rates and allowances.

One thing that has not changed, however, is Libya’s jihad tax (which PwC calls a “jehad tax” to misdirect you).  What?  A jihad tax?  (Not to be confused with zakat or jizya taxes.)  That’s right!  Daffy Qaddafi has imposed a jihad tax since the 1970s for the purposes of “national defense.”  Individuals pay a 3 percent jihad tax; corporations, 4 percent (see also here and here).

Like much of the money in the Islamic world, it’s not clear where these revenues wind up.  The funds are thought to support attacks by Palestinian terror groups against Israel.

PwC’s report is supposed to help clarify tax rules for corporations doing business in the Middle East.  But would you really enjoy conducting business in a country where, on top of every other silly banana republic tax you get smacked with, you have to pay an additional 4 percent to pay for Qaddafi’s jihad?