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(Newsday)   The taxman is suspicious of man's $50 million Smithsonian donation   (newsday.com) divider line 29
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2004-05-02 03:09:44 PM
Interesting.
 
2004-05-02 03:10:27 PM
That can't be good. How do you weasel your way out of that one? Those tax collectors are a pretty scary bunch in my experience. I almost had my wages garnished once due to an overdue tax debt.
 
2004-05-02 03:10:37 PM
to comment to Star-Ledger and unsuccessful attempts to both offices Sunday; picks up graf 5 pvs "Axelrod now ..." newnytkgljwl1jwl

what?
 
2004-05-02 03:11:33 PM
Strads are expensive, but not one would buy one unless they were a museum. Strads are usually passed on from generation to generation. The only people who have the money to buy and Strad generally aren't going to be the people playing the,, which is a shame, they're so beautiful.
 
2004-05-02 03:12:15 PM
This is the capitalist who fled to Cuba after avoiding the taxman?

So let me get this straight. You make all your ill-gotten gains in America, then defraud a bunch of people, and then take your money to a communist country?

Please, Mr. Castro. Show him how you 'spread the wealth".
 
2004-05-02 03:13:49 PM
Eh, the IRS's case here with tax fraud is tough. It would be nearly impossible to place an actual dollar value on a quartet of excellent conditon Strads. In a sesnse, the collection is, in reality, priceless. I'd say $50million would be a fair assessed value for a priceless, and incredibly beautiful, piece of art such as a Strad, let alone 4 of them.
 
2004-05-02 03:14:06 PM
I can't imagine that Axelrod really cares since he is hanging at Marina Hemingway.
 
2004-05-02 03:14:36 PM
cuba is nice this time of decade.
 
2004-05-02 03:15:50 PM
Stradivarius also made accordions, and was quite the expert with comb-and-paper.

 
2004-05-02 03:18:16 PM
See that plane hanging from the ceiling with the name "Spirit of St. Louis" written on it? Yeah, I donated it.
 
2004-05-02 03:21:10 PM
I've always wondered where to find a hottie wearing nothin but an accordian...

/must go to Cuba
 
2004-05-02 03:22:02 PM
Glonoin

appearantly, the filter speaks spanish.
 
2004-05-02 03:23:24 PM
Why should rich people get all the tax credits?

Because rich people donate $50 million string quartets. Us average people donate a couple used t-shirts and pairs of shoes to Goodwill once a year. Doesn't have quite the same impact.
 
2004-05-02 03:24:05 PM
fiddlesticks
 
2004-05-02 03:24:12 PM
What the heck is that thumbnail to the left of the article?



Looks like the Emperor's royal guard from Star Wars.

 
2004-05-02 03:24:47 PM
While we are on the topic of tax cheats, I remember hearing a few years ago about the 419 group (not to name any names or groups) here in the states visiting (college?) and figured out that the IRS pretty much processes 99% of all claims without blinking an eye, then goes back later and hassles about 5% of the filers into fixing the return. Some of them filled out bogus 1040A's saying they had like a million dollars in income, had $340k deducted from their paychecks, had $190k in deductions and thus were due $130k as a tax refund. No supporting documents, not a W4 or W2 or 1099 or whatever. Sent it in, IRS sent them a refund check for $130k.

Not sure what happened after that - would suck to get caught, but if you are going back to Africa in a month with your $130k, would you care if the IRS says they are auditing you and have your paperwork in order by next August?
 
2004-05-02 03:29:58 PM
to comment to Star-Ledger and unsuccessful attempts to both offices Sunday; picks up graf 5 pvs "Axelrod now ..." newnytkgljwl1jwl

Yes, very intriguing. A good point on the IRS's part.
 
2004-05-02 03:30:54 PM
Anyone have pics of this? I want to see this set of four instruments that is supposedly worth $50million.
 
2004-05-02 03:33:04 PM
picks up graf 5 pvs "Axelrod now ..." newnytkgljwl1jwl

Obviously, that's pick up 5 graphite place value systems for Axelrod Now. Then, New New York To Kill Giant Lizard With Level One Justice Wielding Laser.

Of course, my newsie isn't up to par as of late.
 
2004-05-02 03:33:10 PM
to comment to Star-Ledger and unsuccessful attempts to both offices Sunday; picks up graf 5 pvs "Axelrod now ..." newnytkgljwl1jwl


/that is all
 
2004-05-02 03:38:00 PM
The instruments were priced at $18 million. On a percentage basis, the guy is more honest than I was with the value of that piece of crap er, fine stereo I dontated to the Salvation Army.
 
2004-05-02 03:39:11 PM
Who is Herbert Axelfoley?


%reminiscing
 
2004-05-02 03:39:35 PM
"to comment to Star-Ledger and unsuccessful attempts to both offices Sunday; picks up graf 5 pvs "Axelrod now ..." newnytkgljwl1jwl"

Damnable spammers!
 
2004-05-02 04:08:49 PM
Did they come with band uniforms? People will kill for used band uniforms.
 
2004-05-02 04:10:37 PM
Very clever.

Perhaps they should call Arkady Renko.
 
2004-05-02 04:36:39 PM
I'll just take one of those strads and trade it in for a few strats.
 
2004-05-02 04:36:55 PM
'to comment to Star-Ledger and unsuccessful attempts to both offices Sunday; picks up graf 5 pvs "Axelrod now ..." newnytkgljwl1jwl'

You can also apply that full-stength to burns or psirosis.

/inside joke from a long ago article.
 
2004-05-02 04:59:56 PM
I'm not one to be a grammer nazi or anything, but does crossbuster have one weener or multiple weeners? The article doesn't match the noun.....
 
2004-05-02 05:54:24 PM
Wait a second. You mean New Jersey has an Orchestra?

/Whoulda thunk it?
 
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