Capone's `Native Italian Secretiveness' Stymied IRS
Ryan J. Donmoyer
Internal Revenue Service agents wrestled with Al Capone's reputation for violence and little or no paper trail while investigating the infamous figure, according to internal memoranda released under FOIA to a book author.
The IRS released five documents, totaling 90 pages. The agency had rejected an earlier FOIA request and defended its decision in a subsequent lawsuit, which the Fifth Circuit affirmed in 1989. In deciding to release the records, the IRS noted the correspondence was "of historical significance and of interest to the public" because Capone failed to file tax returns.
IRS, Al Capone, taxes
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