Most funny memes are jokes or exaggerations, but one currently making the rounds on social media would typically fall into the category of an obvious fake – except that it is true. In it, the IRS all but presents itself as a partner in crime.
Publication 17 (2021) at the IRS website is a list of reminders and requirements for the individual tax code. One of them stands out like a sore thumb:
“If you steal property, you must report its fair market value in your income in the year you steal it unless you return it to its rightful owner in the same year.”
No, this is not made up. The Tax Code apparently endorses theft if you share the loot with the federal government. It seems the U.S. government is presenting itself as a co-conspirator in crime.
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