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Tax Commish Chair Aided Son’s Firm

The Associated Press reports today that public records it obtained under the Idaho Public Records Act show Idaho State Tax Commission Chairman Royce Chigbrow intervened on behalf of clients of his son’s accounting firm, over the objections of Tax Commission employees, bringing the clients significant breaks on their taxes. “The heavily redacted documents were among those collected by the Idaho attorney general’s office while representing the Tax Commission in a pending lawsuit that alleges commissioners have given politically connected taxpayers secret sweetheart deals for years,” reports AP reporter John Miller/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Are you surprised at this point that sweetheart deals seem to be regular fare at the Idaho Tax Commission?

Trib: Tax Deals Cost Idaho $40M/Year

Since 2008, eight former and current auditors within the Idaho State Tax Commission have publicly accused their bosses, the political appointees on the tax commission, of cutting sweetheart deals with big corporations. The confidential deals have the corporations paying pennies on the dollar, the auditors say. And now it’s nine. On Oct. 3, Douglas Thornton of Lewiston, who spent 27 years with the commission before retiring, had this to say in a letter to the Lewiston Tribune: “A conservative estimate would be that these deals cost the state $40 million per year,” he wrote. “Why are the taxpayers and voters of this state not outraged that politicians have covered this up? Why have your elected officials not weighed in on this issue? Is it just apathy?”/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Why aren’t Idahoans outraged that the sweetheart deals cut by the Idaho State Tax Commission with corporations costing the state $40M in revenues per year?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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