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Reparations and tax fraud

Yahoo news:

Crystal Foster’s father advised her to spend the $500,000 income tax refund she got two years ago. When the government came looking for its money, the Fosters said it was their rightful reparations, since their ancestors were slaves.

Though there is no federal reparations program, Foster had spent the money in eight days, buying a $40,000 Mercedes Benz, paying off her student loans and helping her brother pay for his first year at Virginia Tech.

Foster’s father, Robert Lee Foster, prepared her tax forms and was convicted along with his daughter of trying to defraud the government. He maintains he did the right thing.

“Black people are not treated as humans, but as things by the U.S. government,” he said in an interview at the Northern Neck Regional Jail. “We were used as resources to enrich this country and we get no inheritance from the wealth we brought.”

According to the Internal Revenue Service, more than 80,000 tax returns were filed in 2001 seeking nonexistent slavery tax credits, totaling $2.7 billion. More than $30 million was mistakenly paid out in slave reparations in 2000 and part of 2001.

First, I’m all for slavery reparations, provided they go to people who were actually slaves. Defrauding the government is secondary to the issue that the IRS still paid out an actual $30M! Don’t they have like accountants or something to check this stuff?

While people are defrauding the government (an ordinarily noble purpose) and debating issues like free money because relatives may have been slaves, SayUncle estimates that in the US today approximately 20 black people will be murdered, 506 black people will be arrested for drug trafficking, and 22 black people will commit a murder. Glad our priorities are straight.

3 Responses to “Reparations and tax fraud”

  1. Guy Montag Says:

    First, I’m all for slavery reparations, provided they go to people who were actually slaves.

    Umm, the Congress and Abe already passed out reparations on April 16, 1862. How many times do we have to go through this drill?
    http://www.archives.gov/exhibit_hall/featured_documents/dc_emancipation_act/

    The law provided for immediate emancipation, compensation of up to $300 for each slave to loyal Unionist masters, voluntary colonization of former slaves to colonies outside the United States, and payments of up to $100 to each person choosing emigration. Over the next 9 months, the federal government paid almost $1 million for the freedom of approximately 3,100 former slaves.”

    Don’t they have like accountants or something to check this stuff?

    Yea, but they use fedmath.

  2. The Dude Says:

    These are reparations paid to slave-holders ($300-per freed slave). Freed slaves who decided emigrate (to Liberia for example) were paid $100. Not sure I would have taken that deal.

  3. a moveable beast Says:

    AND THE CROWD WENT WILD
    Yes, here I am at the World Series with some of my friends from the Rocky Top Brigade. You’ll