Taxes: Catch the Catchers

Catch the Catchers

Is one of the perks of being a taxman that you do not have to pay taxes? Some officials of New York's taxation and finance department, the state agency charged with hunting down tax evaders, seemed to think so. Only four weeks after Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo announced a get-tough program on tax cheating, a crime that Cuomo said costs his state about $1 billion a year, an internal investigation disclosed that at least 69 of the 5,100 employees of the agency had not filed state income tax forms for periods of as long as five years. In New York State,...

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