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People leave the Goldman Sachs building in central London on January 21, 2010. Goldman Sachs blasted past forecasts with impressive fourth-quarter and full-year 2009 profits as the banking giant moved to deflect criticism about a jump in its compensation levels. Britain's Chancellor Alistair Darling has placed a one-off 50% tax on bonuses above £25,000 (27,200 euros), although the bank declined to comment on reports that it was putting a cap on the bonuses of its UK staff as a result.   AFP PHOTO / Shaun Curry (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images),A Goldman Sachs Group Inc. logo hangs on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. racked up trading profits for itself every day last quarter. Clients who followed the firm's investment advice fared far worse. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images The Daily Beast