If the @nytimes report on #TrumpsTaxes has left you hungry for more on the president’s taxes and his business, @propublica and @WNYC’s Trump Inc. coverage has some good stuff for you to chew on…(THREAD)
2/ In May, we looked into how Mazar’s, Trump’s accounting firm, helped him appear to the world to be wealthy beyond imagining:
propublica.org/article/meet-t…
3/ Trump Inc. reported earlier this year that Trump Organization used middle men to pay bribes to tax assessors to get breaks on property taxes, former assessors say:
propublica.org/article/trumps…
4/ Only a year after Trump became president, we brought you this story of how his companies had filed lawsuits in multiple states claiming his properties were not as valuable as tax assessors had found, in order to decrease the taxes owed:

propublica.org/article/trump-…
5/ These are just a sampling of some relevant Trump Inc. stories. Check out our entire Trump Inc. section:
propublica.org/series/trump-i…
6/ And be sure to listen to the Trump Inc. podcast from WNYC:
wnycstudios.org/shows/trumpinc
7/ And if you are wondering why the IRS doesn’t do a better job, here’s a story about how the agency tried to go after the ultra-wealthy.

It did not go well.

propublica.org/article/ultraw…
8/ Here’s how Republicans spent years gutting tax auditing and overall enforcement:

propublica.org/article/how-th…
9/ Oh, and the IRS used to investigate and help prosecute tax dodging. Not so much anymore:

propublica.org/article/after-…
10/ For more, check out our entire package of Gutting the IRS stories, detailing how the vital agency has been left defunded and understaffed:

propublica.org/series/gutting…

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