Somehow this CNN report doesn't surprise:
BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) -- Adolf Hitler spent years evading taxes and owed German authorities 405,000 Reichsmarks -- equivalent to $8 million today -- by the time his tax debts were forgiven soon after he took power, a researcher says....
Hitler's record as a dictator who started World War II and sent millions of people to their deaths in concentration camps is well known. But the unearthed records show a new, previously undocumented side to his life: as an ordinary tax evader
Just goes to show; you can't trust a tyrannical mass-murdering monster for anything.
Getting out of taxes probably didn't really motivate his horrible career, but it was one of the perks. When Hitler became Chancellor, his tax life was good:
"That was the end of his tax problems," Dubon said. "It was all legalized, more or less."
Dubon said the head of the Munich tax office, Ludwig Mirre, excused Hitler from paying tax only after first formally writing to him to ask permission. An assistant to Hitler wrote back to Mirre: "Herr Hitler accepts your proposal."
Mirre was promoted a month later to head of the German tax office and given a 41 percent pay rise.
Just a humble civil servant doing his job...
(Thanks to reader Wayne Reames for the tip.)
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