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Mexican Artists Pay Taxes with Works

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Mexican Artists Pay Taxes with Works

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Mexican Artists Pay Taxes with Works

Mexican Artists Pay Taxes with Works

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The classic image of the cash-strapped artist unable to pay his bills has an interesting twist in Mexico. Hundreds of artists each year sidestep writing a check to the taxman; instead, they pay their taxes in kind, with art. In the more than three decades since the program began, Mexico's government has amassed over 8,000 works of art. NPR's Gerry Hadden reports.