If you’re a federal prosecutor, you might look at the sentences ProPublica published to justify its role in trafficking a decade’s worth of stolen tax documents from thousands of U.S. taxpayers.
“The confidential tax records obtained by ProPublica,” claims the nonprofit investigative reporting outfit, “show that the ultrarich effectively sidestep this system” (emphasis added).
Understand: “This system,” in ProPublica’s usage, means our income tax system; by “sidestepping,” it means legally complying with the code.
Again: “The IRS records show that the wealthiest can—perfectly legally—pay income taxes that are only a tiny fraction of the hundreds of millions, if not billions, their fortunes grow each year” (emphasis added).
The records “show” they paid their legal taxes; only in the most obtuse sense do tax records “show” that taxpayers didn’t pay a tax on unrealized gains that doesn’t exist as part of the tax system.