Would Cheese or Bodie have ever sat down with an accountant?
September 29, 2011 9:53 AM Subscribe
I'm curious about the theoretical tax situations of characters from The Wire.
posted by COBRA! to Law & Government (14 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
So, taking as given that The Wire strove for realism, I started wondering about the nuts and bolts about how some of its characters would interact with the IRS in the real world (or, for the flipside, I guess I wonder how the real-world people who live in the world depicted in The Wire interact with the IRS)...
I mean the criminals, of course, and specifically the mid- to lower-level ones. It's a safe bet that Stringer Bell would have some sort of tax dodge set up for himself and Avaon Barksdale (and, presumably the other Barksdales). But what about the guys a level or two down the chain? Would Bodie be filing anything in April, even a return that showed no income? Would they just not bother filing? Or isn't not filing just a way to attract attention to yourself?
And it gets weirder with the Marlo Stanfield organization; Marlo seems like less of a slam-dunk that Stringer Bell to have set up a front (except for the end of the series, of course). I frankly can't imagine Snoop sitting down and filling out a faked 1040.
So, yeah. Love to hear any exposition on how this works in the real world or highly realistic fictional ones.