During Friday’s court hearing, after being pressed by the city’s lawyer, Vic Strizheus admitted he owes the IRS $600,000. The internet marketing executive told the judge he is making payments to settle the back taxes [Tom Hanson, “City Lets Demolition of Unfinished Mansion Deadline Pass in Sioux Falls,” KELO-TV, 2023.02.27].
$600,000 is more federal income tax than I’ve paid and will likely pay in my entire lifetime. With the income it takes to incur that kind of tax liability, Strizheus could have paid his contractors to finish his code-violating mansion years ago.
And hey: why isn’t that army of new IRS agents that Kristi Noem and John Thune have been hyperventilating about jumping down Strizheus’s throat and demanding he stop sticking the rest of us with the price of patriotism?
Perhaps the City of Sioux Falls and Judge Roberto Lange are doing us all a favor by delaying the demolition of Strizheus’s big code violation. Perhaps they are giving the IRS time to confiscate the unfinished mansion and auction it off to pay Strizheus’s overdue taxes!