Monthly Archives: December 2022

On Trump and taxes

According to the Epoch Times, Donald and Melania Trump reported negative income in four of the six years’ worth of tax returns that were dumped. I’m sure the usual scumbags will try to make something of this, but as long as all the “I”s are dotted and “T”s are crossed, I don’t see anything at all wrong with this:

Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes. Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands.

– Learned Hand