Sirsly? Tax on perks?

The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, have been charged in a tax-related investigation, marking the first criminal charges against the former president’s company since prosecutors began investigating it three years ago, two people familiar with the matter told the Associated Press.

Multiple news outlets including the New York Times and the Washington Post reported the indictment on Wednesday evening, citing sources familiar with the matter.

The move marks the latest stage of an escalating battle between New York prosecutors and the former president. The charges against the Trump Organization and Weisselberg remained sealed Wednesday night, but were expected to involve alleged tax violations related to benefits the company gave to top executives, possibly including use of apartments, cars and school tuition, people familiar with the case said.

While no charges are expected to be brought against Trump personally the charges mark an extraordinary turning point for the former president and more are likely to follow.

Three years of investigation and the argument is about tax on school fees?

Sure, tax should be paid on school fees where they’re a perk of employment. But there’s ever so slightly that little taste of Jeez, we’re desperate to find something.

Or, you know, politics, not the law.

9 thoughts on “Sirsly? Tax on perks?”

  1. I initially misread ‘prosecutors’ as ‘persecutors’. Or perhaps the author of the piece miswrote….

  2. …and if after 3 years, we cannot find anything, well then, announce a sealed indictment, get all the headlines that “Trump is a crook” and then let the story die before the sealed indictment is opened, to find “Walking on the cracks in the pavement”, etc.

    In many ways, this own goal scoring is beneficial. Now do Hunter Biden.

  3. Trump must be the cleanest individual in the world- I doubt if anyone else would have stood that level of scrutiny.
    Looks like not even Beria could find a crime!

  4. Bloke in North Dorset

    I’ve heard it said on many occasion, most recently the Words and Numbers podcast from FEE, that the US tax code is so complicated that if the authorities were so minded there’s barely a person who couldn’t be charged for a tax related offence.

  5. The fact that you’re reading the story in a British newspaper tells you everything you need to know. There is almost zero public interest in it, UK side, barring Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferers. Which unfortunately is most of the Brit media class.

  6. Like all the ‘investigations’ launched against Donald Trump, it’s entirely politically motivated.

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