It was not stated how the Internal Revenue Service made its determination, but it was somehow determined that a 51-year-old accounting director for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis stole $670,000 from the archdiocese and used the money for personal purposes. He has been accused of filing false tax returns and tax evasion.
What our Minneapolis readers probably believe is that when a legal precedent-setting case is decided, that it affects laws and law enforcement moving forward. There are dozens, perhaps hundreds of cases such as this -- the most notable perhaps being Roe v. Wade, or the ruling which led to the Miranda warning.
It is no secret to our Minneapolis readers that this is a Presidential election year, and that the outcome is uncertain. Will deductions change? Will the tax rate change? And what will Congress do? Will we go off the so-called fiscal cliff?
If a piece of art cannot be legally sold, how can it have a value? In the drug world, those items which are possessed and cannot be legally sold (heroin for example) are confiscated by the government. In the art world, it seems an item which is possessed and cannot be legally sold (because it contains a stuffed bald eagle) is taxed by the government.