Hey, Illinois Can Have Him

From Holden:

I did not know Crawford was a suburb of Chicago.

They’ve got a house in rural Texas and a nice home-office setup on Pennsylvania Avenue. But for tax purposes, President Bush and his wife, Laura, claim a Chicago post office box as their “home address.”

On the 1040 they signed, which the White House released last week, the listed home address is “Northern Trust Co., P.O. Box 803968, Chicago, IL 60680.”

White House spokeswoman Erin Healy said Tuesday that’s because Northern Trust handles the blind trust the couple uses for their holdings since Bush took office.

“As near as I can tell, it’s OK,” Internal Revenue Service spokesman Tim Harms said Tuesday after shopping the residency question among several people at his agency.

In general, the IRS frowns upon the use of a post office box as a home address on tax forms. Instructions for Form 1040 say, “Enter your box number only if your post office does not deliver mail to your home.” [Form 1040 instructions, pg. 16]

Somebody help me out here. If the Bushes claim their “home” for tax purposes is Chicago, does that mean they are claiming Illinois residency? Did they pay state income taxes in Illinois? The Bushes deducted $2,186 in Texas sales taxes in their federal tax returns. Are you allowed to deduct sales taxes from a state that is not your “home”?