"Tavern Tax Frauds Cost State Millions" - Mirage - Chicago Sun-Times

"Illinois could be losing $16 million a year in sales-tax revenue through systematic tax fraud by tavern owners conspiring with private accountants. "The Mirage - a tavern operated for four months by The Sun-Times and the Better Government Assn. at 732 N. Wells -- discovered the widespread fraud during months of talks with tavern owners and accountants throughout the Chicago area. "The tavern owners and accountants, unaware they were talking to reporters, said taverns routinely skim at least 20 percent off their income before filing tax returns . . . "

Description:Part VII in the Chicago Sun-Times Mirage tavern expose of fraud and corruption among city inspectors.

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Chicago Sun-Times article titled, "Tavern Tax Frauds Cost State Millions." Written by Pamela Zekman and Zay N. Smith as part of the Mirage Tavern sting series.