Background Briefing: September 29, 2020
Trump’s MO of Lying, Cheating and Stealing to Tie up IRS Auditors for Years Until They Give up and Cry Uncle
We begin with continuing fallout from the explosive revelations in The New York Times from two decades of Trump’s taxes which he has fought so hard to keep secret and speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston, whose reporting has uncovered loopholes and inequities in the U.S. tax code and he has uncovered so many tax dodges that he has been called the “de facto tax enforcement officer of the United States.” The co-founder of DC Report.org where he has an article “The Times Pulls Back The Covers On The Unrepentant Tax Cheat“, we discuss how Trump learned from his mentor Roy Cohn to “lie, cheat, steal and never ever apologize or concede any fact. Just tie the authorities up for years and make them pour their limited resources into a case so they will give up and cry uncle.” This appears to be the case with the fraudulently-claimed $72.9 million refund that Trump got from the IRS in 2010 which is still under audit and starting in that same year with the Tea Party wave election, the Congress has since cut IRS enforcement by 25% making it easy for rich tax cheats to prosper.
Congress’s Gutting of the IRS’s Revenue Collection Capabilities