I have bolded below Trump Corporation's astounding defense. Like other non-billionaire Americans, I take ultimate responsibility for the taxes that I pay. I don't need to be told to not break the law.
The IRS is unambiguous:
The U.S. income tax system is built on the idea of voluntary compliance. This means that taxpayers are responsible for declaring all of their income, calculating their tax liability correctly, and filing a tax return on time. The IRS depends upon honest reporting. However, they conduct checks on tax reports to make sure that people file correctly. If taxpayers fail to report correct information, they may be subject to penalties.
Prosecution Rests as Trump Company Trial Moves Faster Than Expected
(NYTimes)Manhattan prosecutors rested their case in the tax fraud trial of Donald J. Trump’s family business on Monday without calling a witness they had previously planned to question, an indication of confidence after the company’s longtime chief financial officer testified last week.
The former chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg, strengthened the prosecution’s hand as he admitted to his participation in a tax scheme with which the company, the Trump Organization, is also charged.
Defense lawyers have sought to emphasize that (the accounting firm) Mazars USA bore responsibility for not alerting the Trump Organization to the illegality of the scheme.