There is no serious debate (at least, none that has been brought to our attention) about the fact that at least the amounts paid for the children’s travel — $24,728.83 in 2007, according to the Washington Post — are taxable. The campaign’s tax lawyer has got at least that much of the law, and perhaps more, wrong. … The Palins, who had their tax returns done by HR Block, simply got it wrong. And the fact that the state payroll office got it wrong, too, doesn’t erase the Palins’ unpaid tax liability. — Jack Bogdanski
Let’s just summarize, then: The Palins, using the State of Alaska’s W-2s, and having their tax returns prepared by the biggest tax preparation firm in the US, still couldn’t get the returns done in a way upon which they could rely would stand up to hostile (and partisan, see the “We endorse Obama/Biden” graphic in the upper left of the website linked) scrutiny.