Attorney General Merrick Garland.
At the top of Attorney General Merrick Garland’s to-do list, as he told lawmakers, is investigating the source of information behind an article by ProPublica exposing the billionaire class living tax free.
“I promise you, it will be at the top of my list,” Garland assured Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.
The ProPublica article revealed that in some recent years billionaires such as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and businessmen Michael Bloomberg, Carl Icahn and George Soros paid no federal income taxes.
What did you pay those years?
The ProPublica article did not reveal how the journalists obtained the tax records, and the outlet did not respond to a request for comment.
However whistle blowers as a journalistic source is a valuable component of democracy and citizen awareness.
It was ProPublica which several years ago exposed the fact that these same billionaires were not tax audited by the IRS. The IRS spent much more time auditing working peoples’ tax returns.
ProPublica found that you are much more likely to be tax audited if you make $20,000 than if you make $400,000. And millionaires were %80 less likely to be audited now than in 2010.
Bezos, Musk and his class pay nearly nothing in federal taxes and Biden’s administration will prosecute the whistle blowers that get that information to the public.
That’s the number one priority according to the Attorney General.