Multi-state tax auditor Stan Howland, in short e-mail to media, cast doubt on Gentry report alleging Gentry has more conflicts of his own:
"It has come to my attention that Mr. Gentry sits on the Federal & State Taxation Committee of the Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants. Also on this committee are Commissioners Chigbrow and Grant, along with Tax Commission Policy Manager, Dan John. This, along with the fact that Mr. Gentry has represented many clients before the Tax Commission, removes any doubt as to his conflict of interest in conducting this latest 'review.'"While Gentry is on the committee, Chigbrow, Grant and John are listed as mere "liaisons" on the Society's Web site.
LaVern Gentry says the Idaho State Tax Commission is following its policies in giving regular and significant out-of-state corporate income tax breaks, but that some review and clarification is warranted.
We just got the report, via the Governor's Office. Read it here.
"My conclusion reached is that the Idaho State Tax Commission's above actions are not detrimental to sound tax policy and that the Commission did not misuse 'Doubt as to liability.'"Gentry says the comp and close agreements that veteran tax auditor Stan Howland revealed are "fair and reasonable," that there was a "doubt as to liability" in several cases he reviewed, allowing the tax commissioners to compromise the settlement and he has a list of suggestions that the governor and the Legislature might consider.