Pulled from Comments
at Erin’s place.
Tom puts an end to the “oh, they were just mistakes” tax argument:
The thing about [Sarah Palin taking her spouse and especially her kids with her on business trips]…is that the attempt to edit the terms of the trips after the fact could be seen as evidence of intent to commit of federal income tax fraud—the tax-law bloggers are in agreement that the Palins’ tax returns incorrectly treated those reimbursements, which generally have to be treated as taxable income, and a question is whether the error was an innocent mistake—and/or defraud the Alaskan taxpayer more directly.
In this case, it really is the cover-up that Reveals Preferences.