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I have read the following account of possible leveraging financial effects for Anthony Scaramucci from joining the White House staff (briefly) in 2017. This is from Michael Wolff's new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

While he wanted a job with the Trump administration, the Mooch specifically wanted one of the jobs that would give him a tax break on the sale of his business. A federal program provides for deferred payment of capital gains in the event of a sale of property to meet ethical requirements. Scaramucci needed a job that would get him a "certificate of divestiture", which is what an envious Scaramucci knew Gary Cohn had received for the sale of his Goldman stock.

Are there public (preferable Internet-accessible) records available that make it clear whether Scaramucci was in fact able to divest on these special terms despite a very brief tenure (10 days only, if memory serves)?

  • Would the tax be deferred for more than the ten days? – DJohnM Jan 9 '18 at 20:43
  • @DJohnM I wouldn't know. Please consider it part of the question. – Drux Jan 9 '18 at 20:44
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No, according to USA today reporting (emphasis is mine):

WASHINGTON — Anthony Scaramucci took no salary during his short tenure as White House communication director — yet his 10-day career detour could end up presenting him with a tax bill of $12 million or more.

That's because the New York hedge fund founder left the White House before he could obtain a "certificate of divestiture" giving him the special tax treatment available to federal employees who give up assets in order to avoid conflicts of interest.

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