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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 23, June 7, 2009, Article 22

LAS VEGAS BUSINESSMAN FACING JAIL FOR GOLD COIN TAX SCHEME

It's not numismatic, but here's an account of how one man thought he'd discovered a foolproof way to fool the tax man using bullion coins. Hard money advocates are in favor of a return to a gold and silver standard. Now the Las Vegas man could do hard time for skirting IRS reporting requirements by paying employees in silver and gold. -Editor
Robert Kahre, who owns numerous construction businesses in Las Vegas, is standing trial on 57 counts of income tax evasion, tax fraud and criminal conspiracy. If convicted on most counts, he could live out his life in prison.

But attorney William Cohan paints Kahre as an American "hero" who believes his payroll system helped keep the U.S. monetary system sound, and was also a form of legal tax avoidance.

According to the government, Kahre and others concocted a fraudulent cash payroll "scheme" and then peddled it to other Las Vegas contractors. Defendants did not report to the IRS any payments made to workers, "either at the true amount or at the bogus amount, ... being the face value of the coin or coins," according to the indictment.

The now-suspended payroll service handled about $114 million over six years, according to court records. Between 17 and 25 percent of that went to Kahre or his workers; the rest went to the 35 client businesses to pay their workers, court records show.

Kahre contends his workers had agreed to be independent contractors, so he did not have to withhold taxes for them. His six businesses are in the trades of painting, drywall, tiling, plumbing, heating-cooling and electrical work.

Further, the $50 gold coins and the silver dollars Kahre used for payroll are designated by Congress as legal tender, so people are entitled to value them at their stamped denominations, he also contends. Taken at face value, each defendant's annual coin income placed him below the threshold for filing a federal tax return.

To read the complete article, see: Employer's gold, silver payroll standard may bring hard time (www.lvrj.com/news/46074037.html)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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