5 thoughts on “Why should I?

  1. HAR says:

    (August 24, 2020): “Manhattan prosecutor agrees to shelve subpoena for Trump tax returns” https://thehill.com/regulation/513370-manhattan-prosecutor-agrees-to-shelve-subpoena-for-trump-tax-returns
    (August 3, 2020): Lawyers for a Manhattan prosecutor trying to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns have told a judge that the request is justified because of public reports of “extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization”. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/da-seeking-trump-taxes-cites-reports-criminal-conduct-200803171940756.html

    “We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.” (New York hotel tycoon Leona Helmsley) http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1891335_1891333_1891317,00.html

  2. A line in the sand says:

    “New York attorney general files legal action against Trump Organization, revealing state investigation into the company’s financial dealings” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/new-york-ag-trump-organization-lawsuit/2020/08/24/882c03a8-e60e-11ea-bc79-834454439a44_story.html “The filing asks a New York state judge to compel the Trump Organization to provide information it has been withholding from investigators — including a subpoena seeking an interview with the president’s son Eric.
    The attorney general’s office said it began investigating after Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, told Congress in February 2019 that Trump had used these statements to inflate his net worth to lenders.”
    “New York AG seeks to depose Eric Trump in investigation of Trump’s finances” https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/24/politics/new-york-eric-trump/index.html See court filing at https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/24/politics/eric-trump-ag-filing/index.html
    “Four properties are being probed, including the 212-acre (85.8 hectares) Seven Springs Estate in northern Westchester County, north of New York City, whose valuations were used to claim an apparent $21.1 million tax deduction for 2015.
    Other properties include 40 Wall Street in downtown Manhattan, the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, and the Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-new-york-lawsuit/ny-attorney-general-files-lawsuit-against-trump-organization-court-records-idUSKBN25K1XG

    Alphonse Gabriel Capone (AKA: “Scarface”) with his lawyers while facing federal tax evasion charges in 1931

  3. Keep on Truckin' says:

    Robert Crumb has a personal history with the IRS

    “Keep on Truckin’ is a one-page comic by Robert Crumb. It was published in the first issue of Zap Comix in 1968. A visual riff on the lyrics of the Blind Boy Fuller song “Truckin’ My Blues Away”, it consists of an assortment of men, drawn in Crumb’s distinctive style, strutting confidently across various landscapes.” https://groovyhistory.com/content/102410/b786aaf0b18ab14701d98e337db991f2.jpg
    “In the early 1970s, Crumb’s lawyer started threatening lawsuits against anyone using the image without permission. Crumb and A.A. Sales, a producer of unlicensed Keep On Truckin’ merchandise, reached a settlement of $750 for the past usage. But A.A. continued to sell unlicensed products after the settlement without paying additional license fees. In 1973, Crumb went to the U.S. Federal Court, and wound up in the courtroom of Judge Albert Charles Wollenberg, who had previously ruled against the Air Pirates. [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Pirates ] A.A. Sales claimed the work was in the public domain, because Crumb had not included the copyright symbol on the work, although he had in Zap #1 as a whole. The work was covered under the 1909 Copyright Act, and any omission of notice caused the work to be public domain. The drawing had appeared on the business card of Crumb’s publisher without the copyright symbol. Based on that, Wollenberg granted A.A. Sales’ request for summary judgment and Keep On Truckin’ became public domain. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keep_on_Truckin%27_(comics)#Copyright_issues
    In 1977, the IRS demanded Crumb pay $30,000 in back taxes they said he owed on past royalties. Crumb ended up moving to France, returning a year later, after the matter had been settled to the feds’ satisfaction.
    Jacques Hyzagi (interview of Robert Crumb 10/14/15): “You had a revolutionary creature at some point [in the ’60s]—Frosty the Snowman—who was throwing bombs at the Rockefeller mansion. Do you think that’s why the IRS came after you right after that?”
    “What do you think?” he [Crumb] said https://observer.com/2015/10/robert-crumb-hates-you/

    Arcade, The Comics Revue #4 (October 1975); story and art by Robert Crumb
    “…The other notable inclusion is a series of half page strips introducing a new character, ‘Frosty the Snowman and his Friends’. Frosty himself is drawn in a cute style reminiscent of children’s illustration and each strip is introduced with a panel of snowy fun that wouldn’t be out of place on a Christmas card. However Frosty is promoting the uprising of the downtrodden proletariat, and his two friends are out to help him blow up the home of a noted Capitalist. None of the characters are politically consistent, spouting slogans and egging each other on through a series of comic misadventures. In the end they succeed in their mission, but it turns out the house was falling down and the owner is glad of an excuse to demolish it and build a new one. Sometimes cited as supporting terrorism, this strip is thought by many to be the reason the IRS investigated Crumb the following year, with punitive effect.” http://theslingsandarrows.com/the-complete-crumb-comics-vol-10-crumb-advocates-violent-overthrow/
    “Frosty the Snowman and His Friends” (1975) excerpt: https://stendec7.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/frost2.jpg?w=701

  4. Working stiff says:

    “The Ugly Numbers Are Finally In on the 2017 Trump Tax Rewrite : Radical Republicans Ramrodded that Law through Congress, and, You Guessed It, the Rich Made Out Like Bandits While the Rest of Us Got Bupkis” (David Cay Johnston) https://www.dcreport.org/2020/09/05/the-ugly-numbers-are-finally-in-on-the-2017-trump-tax-rewrite/
    “The figures in this story come from my annual analysis of IRS data known as Table 1.4. The income figures are pre-tax money that must be reported on tax returns. https://www.irs.gov/statistics/soi-tax-stats-individual-statistical-tables-by-size-of-adjusted-gross-income I adjusted the 2016 data to reflect inflation of 4.1% between 2016 and 2018 (slightly more than 2% a year).
    This is the first data on the first full year when Trump was president. It also is the first year of the Radical Republican tax system overhaul, passed in December 2017. The Trump tax law, the most significant tax policy change since 1986, was passed without a single public hearing or a single Democratic vote.
    Trump policies overwhelmingly favor the top 7% of Americans. And, oh, do they benefit!
    Prosperous and rich people, the data reveal, include half a million who are not even filing tax returns. Yet they are not being pursued as tax cheats, a separate report by the Tax Inspector General shows. https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2020reports/202030015fr.pdf

  5. Hey, Rube! says:

    “How Income-Tax Secrecy Benefits Trump and Hurts You : The Super-Rich Pay, or Don’t Pay, Pretty Much Whatever They Wish; Congress Looks Over Your Shoulder, Not Your Boss’s” https://www.dcreport.org/2020/09/18/how-income-tax-secrecy-benefits-trump-and-hurts-you/

    President Ronald Reagan, who sought office as a tax rate cutter and then delivered, opposed such favors and argued against a system that “allows the wealthy to avoid paying their fair share.”
    Reagan complained that loopholes “sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying 10% of his salary, and that’s crazy,” he said a 1985 speech at a Georgia high school.
    “What we’re trying to move against is institutionalized unfairness. We want to see that everyone pays their fair share, and no one gets a free ride. Our reasons? It’s good for society when we all know that no one is manipulating the system to their advantage because they’re rich and powerful. But it’s also good for society when everyone pays something, that everyone makes a contribution,” Reagan said.
    President Ronald Reagan’s Remarks at Northside High School Gymnasium in Atlanta, Georgia, June 6, 1985 https://catalog.archives.gov/id/75717810

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