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Marriott used tax shelter while Romney was on board

NEW YORK - During Mitt Romney’s tenure as a director for hotel operator Marriott International Inc., the company repeatedly used complex tax-avoidance maneuvers, prompting at least two tangles with the Internal Revenue Service, records show.

In 1994, while he headed its audit committee, Marriott used a tax shelter known to attorneys by its nickname: “Son of Boss.’’ A federal appeals court invalidated the maneuver in a 2009 ruling, siding with the Department of Justice, which called Marriott’s transaction and attempted tax benefits “fictitious,’’ an “illusion,’’ and a “scheme.’’

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