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October 30, 2020

How Trump Gets Away Without Paying Taxes Part 1: It Helps If Youíre the PresidentóWho Can Block IRS Enforcement of Tax Laws
By David Cay Johnston


DCReportís investigation into how Trump and others like him enjoy robust opportunities to cheat on their taxes with little risk of detection shows how for decades Congress has handcuffed our tax police. Itís as if your local mayor and city council told their police officers to focus on tricycle thefts, not violent crimes, and wouldnít pay for testing equipment and chemicals in the crime lab. We relied in part on a database maintained by the TRAC, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. DCReport donors generously contributed money to purchase access to that database and to pay a Rochester Institute of Technology student to organize the data for analysis. Much of the data TRAC gets had to be extracted from our government through litigation over the publicís right to know what our government is doing.


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