"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

“Idaho tax breaks”

The whistleblower report from Idaho Tax Commission auditor Stan Howland has been posted on this site.

We won’t excerpt or summarize here, other than to say that the whole thing – which in effect alleges a conspiracy at the Tax Commission to covertly waive payment of millions of dollars in taxes they should have been paying – ought to be read in full. It may have been written by a tax auditor, but it’s still pretty stunning reading.

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  1. […] One of the posers about Idaho tax auditor Stan Howland’s report on tax commission practices – that it was in essence letting many large corporations get away without paying taxes they should be paying – has been this: Would it be ignored by the policymakers in Idaho government, or would it lead to a serious inquiry? […]

    June 20, 2008

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