Some of the biggest crime cases in history involve financial disputes and tax evasion. Kelly introduces her favorite museum, The Mob Museum, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The museum focuses on mob crime history including the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago involving Al Capone. Capone refused to file a tax return claiming that “They can’t collect legal taxes from illegal money.” The Internal Revenue Service’s then-new crime fighting division (now, IRS-CI) was ordered to “Get Capone” – and they did. You’ll find the story, along with artifacts, in the Mob Museum. The museum also does a great job at showing both sides of criminal cases: the criminal side and law enforcement side. Tune into this week’s podcast with a special guest host to learn more about what the Mob Museum has to offer and the early days of IRS Criminal Investigations.
The Mob Museum
Geoff Schumacher, the Vice President of the exhibits and programs at The Mob Museum, joins Kelly this week to explore the interesting facts on the history and evolution of the museum. Geoff was a journalist for 25 years at the Las Vegas Sun. In addition, he is a reporter, writer, and editor, and an author of two books. Geoff helps to uncover some interesting points on crime history, as well as the background and future endeavors in motion for the Mob Museum.
Listen to Kelly and Geoff Discuss The Mob Museum, including:
- How the Museum got started
- The location, build and background of the Museum
- Commitment to both stories – crime and law enforcement
- Finding and deciding on displayed artifacts
- Museum wish list and future hopes and plans
- Authenticating items
- Choosing exhibits and temporary exhibition spaces
- Post Pandemic Museum addition
- Most popular attractions
- Museum Events
- The Underground and educating employees
- Museum mysteries and layout
- What is next for the museum
- Expansion & Rebuilding Plans
- 1941 Vegas turning point
Kelly Phillips Erb created and hosts the Taxgirl podcast, your home for tax news, tax info, and tax policy. In each episode, she shares conversations about taxes, money, and the choices we make. Kelly is a tax attorney who works with taxpayers and tax practitioners like you every day. She helps folks out of tax jams, and hopefully, keeps others from getting into them.
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Kelly’s Website: Taxgirl
Geoff Schumacher: LinkedIn
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