David Schwartz: Why does your 1040 form have a line for "embezzled or other illegal income"? Certainly that serves no purpose other than to insulate people from some of the harms of their crimes since reporting and paying taxes on illegal income means you can't get charged with the additional crime of not paying taxes on your illegal income. It also makes it easy for law enforcement to catch people try to report their illegal income.
Are "erotic services" necessarily prostitution? Couldn't the category include strippers, photographers and film-makers seeking models, pornography sales, and other perfectly legal services?
Wouldn't it be legally impermissible for the IRS or other law enforcement agency to use such a forced declaration to discover and prosecute wrongdoing other than underpayment of taxes?
You would think so, but you would be wrong. The last high-profile attempt at an argument like that was by Leona Helmsley, if my memory serves me correctly.
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