When tax time comes around, some artists in Mexico head to their galleries rather than the bank. In 1957, the Mexican government set up a program to help their starving artists pay taxes — artists can gift paintings or other works of art to the government in exchange for owed taxes. A jury of art-knowledgeable people make sure the art is of a high enough caliber to keep things even. The program is based on the number of works an artist sells per year; an artist who only sells a few paintings, for example, may only have to give one to the government, whereas artists who sell many paintings may have to produce 20 or more.
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